"The essays are attempts," as the essayist Michel E. De Montaigne describes. They're expressions of thoughts and feelings from the writer's discontent. Like fiction, the essay has a plot, which is the beginning, middle, and end.
"All that's begun well ends well," says a proverb, so here are ways to begin an essay.
1. By definition
A word or phrase can be defined. An idea can be defined. A dictionary could be used for the denotative meaning, or a writer's informal definition would be useful for fresh and original ideas. Basically, to define something is to answer the question "What?"
2. By an anecdote
Short, lively stories and/or sketches invite those who are curious about life. Some of these anecdotes are noted from the Bible, literature books or success stories. Just be careful and make sure, the anecdotes are not so familiar with the readers and must relate to the content and idea of your essay.
3. By a striking statement or quote
Your essay should deliver a unique thought. Beginning it with a striking statement or quote will invite the reader's interest. These would be idea prompts for the readers and would thrill them to know about your essay.
4. By a question
Another way to pose a reader's interest is to pose a question. It is like seduction. Asking them a question would initially stir their thoughts, and find out more.
5. By description
A descriptive opening gives a mental vivid picture. This can also be done by describing using the senses, metaphorically. The description must be shown like life creating a clear picture of the idea you want to convey.
6. By a general statement
The general statement can stand like a summary or a thesis. If you would use, be sure there's power in your sentence/s. The general statement must be interesting enough, to push the readers into generating more thoughts.
7. By comparison or contrast
Using this method is like drawing in "What's it like?" Compare and use similes or metaphors. Sometimes, this can go funny or serious. Reader's would like to identify on something imaginary, other than being concrete in most essays. To contrast is to show "What's it's not like."
8. By a narration
Tell your own story (an experience) or someone else's story, history or biography. This must not be long, so as not to bore the ready. Narrate in the most exciting way, like talking to a friend face to face.
9. By an example
Give or enumerate big examples of events, peoples or places readers would like to know or learn about. Hence, the nine ways to begin your essay. You can also use them to begin your articles and/or a manuscript.
Try to write now! Happy writing!
rose flores martinez