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How to Write Introductions


In this article, you will learn how to write an effective introduction. Whether it is for a formal academic paper, newsletter or article, having a good introduction is essential to keeping the reader interested.

Engage the reader

The Topic Sentence

Draw the reader into your topic with an interesting fact, observation or controversy. Depending on your format, include a graphic embedded to the left-hand corner of your introduction. This helps draw the reader's attention.

Feeling overloaded with info?

The Middle Sentences

The middle sentences of your introduction should highlight some of the specific issues you will explain in more detail later. Resist the urge to include 3 or 4 long sentences in a row. Short sentences have impact too. Try not to overload the reader with information.

Keep them reading beyond the Intro

Ending the Introduction

Wrap up the introduction by explaining what the reader will learn and how it will benefit them. This is where many readers decide whether it is worth their time to keep reading. Hook them with the last sentence of the introduction.

Tip
  • Rewrite your Introduction after you've written the main text
Warnings
  • Don't write too many long sentences in a row
  • Don't cite so many facts it bores the reader
About the Author

This article was created by a professional writer and edited by experienced copy editors, both qualified members of the Demand Media Studios community. All articles go through an editorial process that includes subject matter guidelines, plagiarism review, fact-checking, and other steps in an effort to provide reliable information.

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