Writing Prompt: Effective Openings This week’s writing prompt is all about constructing effective openings, and drawing your reader into your work as quickly as possible. The Job of the Opening Paragraph Hooks or engages readers Makes promises Voice – author’s point of view toward subject Point of view – first, second, or third Form – blog, story, argument Gives the piece direction Establishes subject and limits it Raises narrative question What problem is to be solved? Establishes tone Let me know how you construct an effective opening! If you found this writing prompt useful, why not check out the previous prompts: Writing Prompt: Focus – The Key to Clear, Coherent Writing Writing Prompt: Finding and Selecting Essential Detail Writing Prompt: Use Unfamiliarity to Create Dramatic Tension Related Terri Giuliano Long2023-06-24T11:16:44-05:00July 11th, 2012|Boot Camp, Prompts| Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest About the Author: Terri Giuliano Long Terri Giuliano Long has been writing since she was a child. A former teacher, she lives with her family on the East Coast. I'd love to hear your thoughts!Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.