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