How To Write A Gripping Introduction

By on January 14, 2020

Whether you are writing a novel, a blog post, or an essay, crafting a gripping introduction is crucial. Your introduction needs to not only grip your readers and make them excited to read what's next but also set the tone, give some background information and explain engagingly and entertainingly what's going to happen next.

Sometimes, starting your writing can be the biggest obstacle you must face, so what are the steps that you can take to ensure you begin on the right foot? 

Study the greats

There is nothing more helpful when it comes to perfecting your intro's than looking at how other people did it. It doesn't matter what kind of content you are trying to produce; you can do your research by hunting out examples of the same type that you know have been successful. Whether that's famous novels or pieces of content that have been liked and shared thousands of times, study how the authors of these pieces have structured their introductions. You can also make notes about the kind of language they have used, and see if you can find any patterns or consistencies that could help inform your work. 

Create curiosity

One of the most crucial aspects of any introduction is to spark your reader's curiosity. If your reader gets to the end of your introduction, and you have failed to do this, they have zero motivation to continue writing. Think about who you are speaking to, what does your reader want to know? What interests them? What excites and inspires them? By understanding your reader better, you are sure to craft your introduction in a way that will encourage them to find out more.

Write in short sentences

Writing in shorter sentences is a good rule in general, but it is even more important to pay attention to when writing an introduction. Short sentences will ensure that you hold your reader's attention and get your points across more succinctly. If your sentences run on for too long, you are likely to be in danger of confusing your reader or losing their interest. 

Use the rule of three

Using three phrases to emphasize your point is a great way to make an impact on your reader, to drive home what you are trying to say, and to keep your introduction lively and engaging. Some examples of how the rule of three is used include: 

"Government of the people, by the people, and for the people."

"Stop, Drop, and roll."

"Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!"

This repetitive language works because it's poetic and powerful and will work wonders to captivate your reader and motivate them to read on.

By following the above tips, whatever you are writing, you can ensure that you start in the right way and then give your writing the best chance of gaining attention and making sure that your readers read on!

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