It goes without saying that the rest of your write-up MUST live up to expectation, with each following paragraph being more enriching and insightful than the previous one.
The purpose we’re trying to serve here is to make your essay read-worthy, be it for an examination or an application. Your writing needs to be impressive enough to make a willing reader, rather than an obligated one. The very first step towards doing that would be to make a sufficiently striking start, termed in literary parlance as ‘the hook’. The hook manifests in various forms, as explained below, but it never shifts from its original purpose of gripping the attention of the readers.
The advantage of using this tactic is that it works for all kinds of essays, be it formal or informal, introspective or argumentative. All you need to ensure is that the fact stays as close to the topic of discussion as possible. Also, do not forget to mention the (correct and verified) source, as it will only lend credibility to your research.
Always keep one thing in mind―which is, not to use questions that have simple, straightforward answers. A person reads the question, answers it, matter closed and tossed aside―which is not how you’d like your essay to be reviewed. Remember, the key here is to cajole the reader to go through the entire write-up in search for the answer.
You can keep this quip staid, philosophical, or even humorous, but ensure that it belongs to you and does not appear “borrowed” in the slightest.
Books are the most reliable go-to source for quotes, but the Internet admittedly has a vast array of quotes to suit all situations and topics you’re dealing with. Mind you, though, that it is upon you to determine whether the quotation is worded as it is meant to be and that the attribution is authentic. In case of any doubts, go for another one, instead of being sloppy with the words or its author/personality.
Because if, and we stress, if you get it right, it can be the most smashingly impact beginning you can dream of. It can perfectly set the tone for what’s about to come, and it eliminates the need of writing a labored introduction that may or may not create the desired impact.
There can possibly be another thousand unique ways in which to commence your essay, but all of it is inconsequential if it is not backed up by an equally formidable body and conclusion. As we are close to concluding this write-up, there’s just one thing left―wish you all the luck in snapping that elusive, all-conquering hook.