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Stephen King famously takes “weeks and months and even years” to compose his opening paragraphs. Though you don’t have this much time to polish your college application essays’ introductions, the first few sentences are still by far the most important ones. This week, we’re going to help you write an eye catching introduction that will capture your readers’ attention.
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Your introduction needs to do three things: provide an interesting first sentence, reel in the reader with more information, and introduce the essay’s central argument (its thesis). We’ll use this newsletter’s first paragraph as an example – though ours is a bit too short to be used in a college application.
A good first sentence is 10-15 words and typically falls into one of three categories: anecdotes, startling information, and blanket statements. We chose some startling information about a writer you’ve probably heard of to help drive home the importance of introductions, which is our newsletter’s focus. The first sentence is exactly fifteen words.
Good introductions then provide some additional information. We noted that the first few sentences are the most important ones, which supports our newsletter’s main idea and a “thesis” of sorts: that you’re going to learn the inner workings of a great introduction!
Are you intrigued yet? To learn more about crafting an awesome first paragraph,check out our writing center article about introductions!
Since you don’t have years to write like Stephen King does (and you’re not Stephen King), you’re probably going to need some outside help to perfect your introduction. Thankfully, you don’t need to be alone when conjuring up a brilliant opening that will leave your readers begging for more.
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