What’s perhaps the most important part of anything you write?
The opening paragraph, of course.
Yet many times, that’s the part writers have the most trouble with.
They end up with an opening paragraph that is too long, too
unfocused, and doesn’t really lead to what happens next.
With that in mind, here are some tips for writing a winning opening paragraph.
1. KEEP IT SHORT.
If your opening paragraph is clear and to the point, you shouldn’t need more than a sentence or two.
Also, keep the sentences in your opening paragraph short and easy to read.
2. MAKE IT ACTIVE.
Passive sentences can slow down your article or chapter from the
Avoid this by using active sentences—subject, verb, object, for example—for the most part.
3. REWRITE IT LATER.
After you’ve written your article or chapter, go back and look at your opening paragraph again.
Does it really prepare the reader for what comes next?
Is it short?
Is it active?
If not, simply rewrite the paragraph.
Take time to carefully craft your opening paragraphs and you’ll have stronger, more focused articles and chapters as a result.
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