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How to Write a Good Introduction for Your Article

Agnes Laurens is a writer, wife, and mother of three daughters.

As a writer, I need a good introduction to get the reader from the first sentence. Sometimes, an introduction is the first thing I write. It totally depends on what is in my mind for the article. If I blocked myself with the introduction, I continue with the actual article, then the introduction will follow at the end.

How do you write a good introduction for your article?

Still, it is difficult for me, but it always will be fine in the end. I can ensure you.

Is it still difficult to make a good introduction? Maybe. There are tools to make a good introduction that fits your article.

Intorduction first

Write the introduction first, and along the way, ask yourself questions your readers want to know. Answer them each in a new paragraph, and there you are, you have a good introduction and your article is done.

I have tried this method. It works for me when I don't know how to start. I ask the questions I want to read as if I read the article and I didn't write it. So, now I know what I need to do when I write the article: answering those questions in my paragraphs.

Each question will be answered by you, and then you will give the paragraph a good heading name, or the question itself.

Write what you want and need

In the first place, write what you want and need to write for the article. If I write the whole article first, then I know what the actual article is about. You know what you wrote, and what each paragraph is about, and what you should write in the introduction.

When you write the whole article first, you can summarize each paragraph a little bit to get the introduction right. It helps me to think about the introduction. When you write everything you need for your article, then you know exactly what is in your article is all about. If you can summarize it to yourself, then your readers will understand it too.

When I do this method, I can ensure you, my readers will read the articles.

Use the first sentence of each paragraph

Another method I love to use is to write each first - or important - sentence of each paragraph. If you use that, guaranteed that your readers will read your article.

When you finished your article, you take the first sentences of each paragraph. Also, ask yourself questions about each of the paragraphs. What does the reader need or want to know of each paragraph, write the question in the introduction, and there you go, you already have answered it in the paragraph!

Strong sentences

I highly recommend strong sentences in your introduction (and in your articles), so your reader will be hooked from the moment they read your articles. That is the moment when they decide to read the whole article, but also if they want to follow your work more. When you use strong sentences, you will be more confident to write your article further. At least, that is my experience. Strong sentences are also to let stay your reader read the whole article. This boosts your stats too.

Good grammar

One of the things a writer should do is checking grammar after writing a paragraph, or the whole piece. It is so important you have a clean and error-free article. Otherwise, you will end up having no readers. Yesterday, I read a book, translated from English into Dutch (my mother language), but it didn't be an error-free book, I read the whole book as I loved the story, but if it wasn't for the story, I would end up throwing the book into the bin.

English is not my first language, and therefore I use grammar tools, so I won't end up in the bin. I use two grammar tools: Grammarly and LanguageTool. Both I use after writing the article, or paragraph to be error-free.

Understandable language

One thing I love - when I read other articles - is having a readable article that I will understand. If I don't understand the article in plain language, then I will skip the article. In this way, you lost another reader. That would be a waste of your time anyhow. Try to write in a language like if you explain your information you have to your neighbour who is not into this, but you want to convince. See it as a marketer to sell a product.

When you have an article that is good and understandable, it is a win-win situation for you and the reader.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Agnes Laurens

Comments

Agnes Laurens (author) from The Netherlands on July 03, 2021:

Yes, that is also very important. Thanks for sharing your method. There are so many different needs for a good introduction.

Agnes Laurens (author) from The Netherlands on July 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot. English isn't my first language either. That is why I have those grammar tools to help me out. Sometimes, it takes time. I use one other method: write everything in a word document first, write everything you need and want to write, and then think about the errors.

Agnes Laurens (author) from The Netherlands on July 03, 2021:

Thanks a lot! Yes, that is You're welcome. It is thinking about what to read, with o without errors. Sometimes, if the topic interests me, I will reconsider reading it. That happens not often.

Agnes Laurens (author) from The Netherlands on July 03, 2021:

That is also an option. Thanks for sharing your method. It is balancing on what to read and what not.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 02, 2021:

The introduction ideally should capture my attention with style, tone, and a nice hook, giving me enough information about the topic that I'll want to keep reading. I agree with you about the grammar.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 02, 2021:

These are good advices. It takes a while for me to publish what I have written as I keep on checking if I have errors grammatically as English is not my mother language. Thank you for sharing this article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 02, 2021:

I think this article has a lot of good advice about writing, Agnes. I don't like reading article that have a lot of errors either or if it doesn't make much sense.

Thank for sharing this information.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 01, 2021:

Some good advice.

If it has so many errors, I usually quit reading.

Or if it's plagued eith do many words I don't understand...I'm not gonna keep reading it either.

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