How to Write Introductions

Updated July 25, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • Rewrite your Introduction after you've written the main text


  • Don't write too many long sentences in a row
  • Don't cite so many facts it bores the reader

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