Writing An Introductory Paragraph

Learn some basics of writing an introductory paragraph to grab your reader's attention.

When you set out to write the introductory paragraph of an article, there are a few factors to keep in mind. The more organized you can be ahead of time, the easier your article will flow in the direction you want it to.

First of all, think of the entire article you are planning to write. Ask yourself what the goal is of your writing. Do you seek to strictly inform or is your approach going to be more complex? If you think that the reader may have a difficult time understanding what point you are trying to make, the introductory paragraph can give some guidance to anyone who may struggle with your writing.

What the introductory paragraph should do beyond providing a starting point to your article, is summarize the point of writing anything at all. It should also be something you can draw from when you want to write your conclusion for they often say the same things, just in a different way.

So think of it this way: Not only is the introductory paragraph a starting point on your road map, it is also a smaller version of the map showing the course in which you will go. For example, if you want to write an article about how to follow a particular career path, you would not likely start out by discussing how to get that job if education is necessary first. An introduction could make note that the particular career you want to follow provides excellent job opportunities but important education is needed first. That way you are summing up two points together but being sure to point out that one follows another. Then when you start to write the process it takes to follow that career path, your reader would already understand the direction the article is going to follow.

If your article will happen to have a particularly philosophical point of view, then you can pose questions in your introduction leading the way to the remainder of the article. Suppose you want to explain how people should strive to get along in their relationships by focusing on their own internal issues first. You could give your reader something to ponder while they read the rest of your writing. Maybe they could be thinking about all the ways they react to any given situation and how that might be related to something in their past. It could give more meaning to your whole piece rather than stating matter-of-factly that they need to fix their own problems first before they can get along with other people.

Quotations can also be a fine way to start out an article. Either one from a philosopher or famous person or a quotation gained from a person interviewed for the article. No matter which you choose it can be a powerful way to approach your writing.

So look ahead to your goal, the direction you want your article to take and how impacted you hope your readers will be and follow that path with courage and determination to be the best writer possible.

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