How to start a paragraph

Paragraph connectors

Learning how to write an introductory paragraph can sometimes be a difficult task, especially when it comes to certain types of personal texts, such as essays. In this article, we compile several introductions that correspond to various types of texts.

Social networks arrived with the Internet era and have since forever changed the way people relate to each other. It is likely that our parents’ generation did not expect such influential changes. The era of globalization has undoubtedly brought enormous benefits to humanity. However, it must also be accepted that this progress has also brought its dark side. Not everything is rosy.

François Hollande, a French and European leader equal to the challenge he faces, is reaping significant rewards almost daily in his effort to put in place an international coalition against the Islamic State. The objective is clear and concrete, as he stated yesterday at the tribute to the victims of the attack two weeks ago: to destroy it.

List of connectors

In English, the central building blocks of any intellectual or research argument are paragraphs. Each paragraph should be a unit of thought in itself, a discrete set of ideas composed of linked sentences. The sequence usually applied is as follows: Topic, Body, Proof, Closing.

That is why the beginning («Theme») and the end («Closing») of paragraphs should always be the parts that you write most carefully. Try to separate these two sentences and look at them together. Check how they read, how relevant and informative they are, and how they could be improved.

1. The author begins with a sentence that references the previous paragraph, rather than a fresh sentence such as «Topic.» Readers may conclude the paragraph contains «more of the same» and thus skip it to the next paragraph. Even those who choose to read such a paragraph may be confused: what is the paragraph really about, is that the opening sentence, or is the topic given by the sentence that comes after the opening sentence?

Words to start a paragraph

This article was co-written by Mary Erickson, PhD. Mary Erickson is a visiting assistant professor at Western Washington University. Mary received her PhD in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon in 2011. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the National Communication Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

This article was co-written by Mary Erickson, PhD. Mary Erickson is a visiting assistant professor at Western Washington University. Mary received her PhD in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon in 2011. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the National Communication Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. This article has been viewed 83 798 times.

How to conclude an essay

This is how we Internet users behave when we are surfing the net. And this way of acting is mechanical and very fast. Our brain scans in 2 seconds each beginning of the contents, and very quickly decides if it wants to know more, or not.

To give you an answer to this question there is no exact rule. Nor is it something that goes proportionally with the total content; that is, if I’m writing a 1000 words post, the beginning has to have 50.

Sometimes, when I write content in which I am going to show readers products they can buy, for example, a review, a haul, a shopping guide, etc. I use a CTA that works very well for me: «Shall we go shopping?»

At the copywriting level, there are several formulas that can help you when writing your texts. When you have to write the beginning of a post, I advise you to use the AIDA formula.

Therefore, you should not give away everything your reader will find inside the post. Say something relevant, an eye-catching fact, but just a brushstroke. Try to leave a halo of mystery to arouse the curiosity to continue reading.

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