This week we are going to concentrate on writing one good, descriptive introductory paragraph. You are not writing a whole story. The purpose of an introductory paragraph is to hook the reader in wanting to read more. Think of the books you like to read and what hooks you in the beginning and keeps you reading on.
Do not restate the question or prompt when writing a creative lead sentence or ask a question, but you can begin with dialogue, stating an interesting fact, action, humor, character description, or setting. Here’s an example of a great lead sentence and introductory paragraph:
“Of all the kids in seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun. Me. And let me tell you, it wasn’t for anything I’d done. If it had been Doug Swieteck that Mrs. Baker hated, it would have made sense. Doug Sweiteck once made up a list of 410 ways to get a teacher to hate you. It began with “Spray deoderant in all her desk drawers” and got worse as it went along. A whole lot worse. I think things became illegal around Number 167. You don’t want to know what Number 400 was, and you really don’t want to know what 410 was” (Schmidt 1).
Wouldn’t you want to keep reading to find out more about the narrator and Doug Swieteck?
Using the image below, write an introductory paragraph to a story about the inhabitant of that castle/house/fort. The directions ask you to imagine, explain, and describe who lives there. Be clever and creative with the opening sentence and build from there. Use your brilliant and inventive imaginations and descriptive words. Be specific. The last sentence of this paragraph should leave the reader wanting to read more about this character and his/her/its story. This may be something you continue to work on at a later date.
One good paragraph.