How To Begin An Essay

July 23, 2018

How to start an essay?

This is one of the biggest problems when a writer starts creating a paperwork. It is not an easy thing to choose a topic, but as soon as it has been done, the next problem is to find the way how to start the essay. The beginning should catch an eye from the first words, otherwise, a reader will stop reading straight away. It is the first sentence that represents the main idea and sets the tone of the whole work. You will never find the one common way of starting the essay. As many topics exist as many ways to start a composition can be. Even for one topic different ways to start it can be invented. Despite this, a successful study is distinguished by an unusual beginning sentence or an into, which catch the attention of a reader and arouses interested to continue reading. In this article, you will find the secrets of the perfect beginning which will ensure your essay to be read till the last word.

The first sentences’ features

The secret of a qualitative work is laid in the very first words. The more catching, exciting and intrigued the beginning is, the more attention will be given to your work. In the first sentence, you have to show what you are going to talk about. If the topic is interesting to you, you are to make your reader become interested in it too. How would you feel if you take a book, open the first page and read boring and dull beginning? Most probably, you lose your interest. The same a person feels who is reading your essay if he or she does not like your first sentence. Read some scientific article about the unusual facts which produce an impact on you and try to write something similar but with your own words. If you write about your life experience, find the intriguing words or phrases, which will make your reader excited about the further development of the history.

The power of the second and third sentences cannot be undervalued. If the very beginning of your paperwork became interesting to your reader, he or she has to save this interest. It is difficult to maintain interest, but your imagination is broader than you think. In the following sentences, you need to develop your topic more and to add more details to those provided by the primary sentence.

Define the purpose of the essay

Do not leave your reader in the dark too long. Every essay has a purpose and it is time to disclose it. When you write an essay you are to have the definite aim and the purpose of your work can be different. You might want to change a reader’s mind concerning something, to make him or her to act, to explain a matter some people may not understand or just you wish to tell your private life story. Whatever you are going to talk about in your paperwork, at the beginning of it, you need to inform the reader about the purpose. As soon as the basic idea of your composition is known to the reader, he or she will be able to decide whether to continue reading or not.

Divide intro into parts

Frequently, the teachers ask their students to explain in the introduction how they are going to reach the purpose of the paperwork. In this situation, they need to know how to divide the beginning of the composition into several parts or to create a definite structure for it. But, they should keep in mind, that excess of information in the very beginning may overburden the reader. He or she will simply be tired of reading too much information before reaching the body of the composition. But, your essay will benefit, if you write a thesis statement in the intro. This is the only one sentence which shortly and briefly sais about the target of the study. Should there are five or more paragraphs in your work, a thesis will be required to be added in the opening paragraph. It is up to you whether you include this thesis in the beginning or at the end of the paragraph.

Set a tone

Except for the topic of the essay you are going to write about, you need to choose the right tone which will be used for. Should you want to maintain the interest of a person who will be reading your work, talk kindly, friendly and easy to your reader. Do not be rude, severe or demanded. The tone you chose will define the success or failure of your essay. If the reader feels uncomfortable while reading the beginning of your work, he or she will lose the interest and stop reading it. Do your best to write the whole work in one tone, thus the reader won’t be confused in the mood of your essay.

Make it shorter

The key to a successful composition is short sentences and consequently a short beginning part. Many writers might think that the longer sentence is the more persuasive their opinion is. Everything is completely different. The shorter your sentence is the more power it has. The same belongs to the volume of the beginning of your essay. Do your best to write it as short as possible, because your reader is interested in the development of the history and wish to reach it as soon as possible. To make the reading of your writing easier, use simple words and do not complicate the phrases.

Tips for the best beginning

  • If you write an argumentative essay, you may briefly represent your argument in the introduction part. When you do this, the reader will be able to follow the way you are going to chose to support the argument.
  • If your essay has a creative nature, you need to add more intrigue and exciting facts to make a person want to continue reading. Be creative and extraordinary to stick to the reader’s memory.
  • If you write an art essay (about a book, a move), you can start with some joke. But even using a joke, you need to connect it to a central idea or a purpose of your work.
  • If you are going to create a scientific or technical essay, forget about the jokes and tomfoolery. Science and technics is not the field you can be windy. Your purpose here is to provide actual, valid and faithful data.
  • If you choose a journalistic essay, find the most appropriate and sharp words to represent in the first sentence the most important information you are going to discuss in the meat of your work.

The introduction is not obligatory should be created first. Sometimes it happens, that you simply do not know how to start and cannot find the right beginning words. Take your time and start writing from the part you like and have inspiration for. You can write introduction after the whole essay is written. To make the process easier, write down some ideas or even words you have in your mind concerning the topic of your essay. The introduction is the “face” of your essay and it should be perfect. Proofread it several times, check for grammar, stylistic and spelling mistakes, remove unnecessary information or add more details. You are the writer and you may not see some mistakes since you have been working on the composition for hours. Ask somebody to read your work before you hand it over to your target reader. Your friend or a relative has an independent opinion and will offer some modifications to the beginning of your work.