Lessons in Technique: Lead Sentence

Published by: queenie on 31st Aug 2013 | View all blogs by queenie
Writers and intelligent readers expect too much in the first sentence of a story or any composition. In my basic College English subject, we formally call it the lead sentence. In a different context, perhaps in the world of able writers and critical readers, this is the sentence that they use to judge whether to continue reading the writing or not. 

We spent two weeks trying to perfect our lead sentence composition and this was for an essay writing service alone. It could be a little different with a fiction story or a novel or a research paper, but the impression that it has to be composed well remains.

If this is the case, how should the first sentence be written, assuming that it is for an essay? Writer Larry McMurtry gives the perfect advice on how an essay's lead sentence has to be written and here it is:

1 What's in it? It has to be composed of a plain subject and verb and it ends with a period since it is a sentence. Fiction writers writing a story do not follow this strictly, but this sentence still has the basic subject and predicate that make a huge impression. In essays, it has to spark interest with the use of plain subject and action word. The wordy details come in the body. 

2 Thought or Content Impression is the keyword in composing the lead sentence in any composition. It has to impress and it can be done by getting an interesting piece of information written in one simple sentence. The lead sentence's goal is to take the reader to the next paragraph, thus a sentence that makes one curious.

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