How to Write Leads
Just as you did with generating a list of titles, you can do the same thing with brainstorming different possible leads to your writing piece. You may take longer and have to think harder to come up with different leads, but approach the task with the same spirit of experimentation and freedome. Anything goes. Sometimes these leads have been called "hooks." With this first line or set of lines, you seek to hook your reader into reading your writing.
You may find this list of different types of leads helpful in your efforts to generate different openings for your draft. I encourage you to try out each one:
- A startling statistic or unusual fact
- A vivid example that illustrates the issue or point you wish to make
- A paradoxical statement
- A quotation or bit of dialogue
- A question
- An analogy (comparison)
- An illustrative story
As you brainstorm different possible leads for your writing piece, I encourage you to push yourself to find at least eight to ten different openings to give yourself lots of options.
Example of 1st Line Leads for the Paper on Rescue Dogs
65% of new rescue dog owners have never owned a rescue dog before. If you are one of these 65%, I am speaking to you.
Who said the famous line, “Preparation is key,” is exactly right. If you are about to get a rescue dog, you need to prepare yourself in important ways.
Imagine carrying a live bomb into your house. Do you think you would be careful about doing that? Well, a rescue dog is not exactly a bomb, but not handling them correctly could blow up in your face to the dog’s and your harm.
Think about the time and preparation most young parents give to bring home a new born baby. You might not have thought about it before, but you need to similarly take time to prepare for the arrival of your rescue dog.
You will never know the trauma these dogs have experienced.
Have you ever been beaten? Yelled at? Have you ever been kicked or had your face rubbed into your own feces? Sounds pretty bad, huh? Do you think these types of abuse might affect you? Your new rescue dog may seem cute and happy to have a new home, but they often mask a darker past of abuse you need to be sensitive to as a new rescue dog owner.
Bringing home a dog from the dog shelter is like bringing home a Christmas present. Everyone is so excited for a new member of the family, and it can feel good to save a dog from a worse fate. The kids may love to have a new friend to play with, and the dog can seem so happy to finally have a home. But beneath all this sunshine and roses, new owners of dogs from dog shelters need to understand a few things.
Would you bring home a used car without checking it out thoroughly? The same thing applies with getting a new dog from a dog shelter.
Final Selection of Title and 1st Line Lead (from the rescue dog essay example)
These Friends are Fragile
Have you ever been beaten? Yelled at? Have you ever been kicked or had your face rubbed into your own feces? Sounds pretty bad, huh? Do you think these types of abuse might affect you?Your new rescue dog may seem cute and happy to have a new home, but they often mask a darker past of abuse you need to be sensitive to as a new rescue dog owner.
Would you be drawn and interested to read an essay that began this way?
Guide on Writing Introductions
More examples of Titles and 1st Lines