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Tip Four: Engage Your Reader
While some writing projects, like case studies, business proposals, or lab reports, may require that you follow a prescribed format for the introduction, most kinds of writing allow you to play around with different ways to begin.
A good introduction is like a warm welcome. It says "Come on in; stay for a while." You want your reader to feel excited — or at least encouraged — to read further. There are lots of ways to do this. You can draw an analogy, ask a question — always a good way to keep people reading — or you might define a term. (Remember, though, to avoid the boring old dictionary definition.)
Here are a few ideas we came up with:
Beginning with a brief anecdote or description is a great way to open an essay, especially if the subject at first seems a little dry or abstract. If your reader can connect to an idea on a personal level — or a sensory level — she is more likely to want to read on.
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