A lot of writing advice will pretend to teach you how to grab an audience’s attention. Well, there’s more to writing than getting attention. There’s the reader to consider.
This is an editorial essay, so we start with an introduction. In the first paragraph, I let you know the purpose, to determine whether or not this is something that interests you and is useful to you. Good writing respects the reader, it doesn’t try to waste the reader’s time with sensationalism.
Not all writing is an essay, however. In fiction, and in especially in journalism and in most other storytelling genres, writing usually starts with setting the scene. If you were to write for the Ptara blog or an article for our journal, we’d normally expect the writing to start in the appropriate way, depending upon the genre. Continue reading “Open by setting the scene”