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How to Start an Essay about Yourself

1 June, 2018

Part 1: How to start an essay about yourself: ways to begin an essay

Many people do not know how to start an essay about yourself, let alone how to write a good introduction paragraph. Thus, the following ways to begin an essay will come particularly in handy.

  1. Start your paper with an eye-catching sentence to attract the readers. It is well-known that readers are very choosy about what they love reading and what they don't. If the beginning of an article does not impress them, they will put it aside. Thus, you must draw readers' attention from the outset.
  • To prove the vitality and originality of your work, you may start with an interesting little-known fact or statistic.
  • Depending on the type of an essay you are writing, you can start with a riveting image or description.
  1. Guide the readership to the meat and potatoes of your paper. A catchy sentence may capture readers' attention, but if you do not go on pulling them into your essay, they can easily become disinterested. After the first sentence of your essay, write one or two sentences that lead the "hook" in the first sentence to the rest of the essay in general.
  • The essay about obesity may start as follows: "In practice, childhood obesity is an urgent problem that is increasingly producing a detrimental effect on poor and rich countries."
  1. Inform the reader about the content of your essay. Traditionally, the main purpose of an essay is not solely to describe something but rather change the reader's mind, elucidate a particular matter, or argue him/her into taking actions. Thus, in the first paragraph of your essay, reveal the purpose of your writing.
  • When writing an obesity essay, you can say: "The purpose of this essay is to conduct an in-depth analysis of today's trends in childhood obesity rates around the globe and present policy initiatives to tackle this pressing problem."
  1. Optionally, provide the structure of your paper. Dividing your essay into specific sections will make your essay more comprehensible for readers. However, mentioning different pieces of your essay in the introductory part is not a good idea. In case of light-hearted essays, it may even put off readers by presenting too many facts upfront.
  1. Writing a thesis statement. A thesis statement is a single sentence that illustrates the "point" of the essay as comprehensively and concisely as possible and is located almost at the end of the introduction.
  • In your obesity essay, you can write as follows: "Through a deep analysis of available survey data, this essay aims to present some policy initiatives of worldwide obesity reduction."
  1. Set an appropriate tone for your essay. The introduction is not only covering what you are going to discuss in your paper but also how you will do it. Your writing style and tone can either encourage or discourage the readers to read your essay so you should present information in a clear and inviting way.
  1. Get everything straight! In terms of introductions, the longer is not the better. The purpose of an introduction is to give the readers an insight into the content of your essay not revealing special details.

Part2: How to write an introduction paragraph

  1. For an argumentative essay, summarize your argument. By means of this, you will give a reader an insight into the logic you are going to use to back up your argument.
  2. When dealing with creative writing, be attention-getting. Creative writing and fiction appeal to readers' emotions the most. Therefore, you can always start your essay with a metaphorical bang. Taking the trouble to be memorable and impressive in the beginning is a good way to engage more readers into your work.
  3. For arts/entertainment writing, add specific details to your general theme.  While you can always resort to playfulness in the beginning of an essay, you must also assure that you describe the general theme even though you highlight small, specific details.
  4. When dealing with technical and scientific essays, be serious. As the purpose of these essays is to inform relevant information, you should not add jokes, imagery, or anything else that does not concern the task.
  • For journalistic essays, state the most significant information first. In journalism, there is a huge effort made to center around the pure facts of the story, rather than the writer's standpoint, so the introductions of journalistic essays tend to be slightly descriptive, rather than argumentative or convincing. Thus, it is encouraged to present the most relevant information from the very beginning so that the readers could get into highlights when reading the headline.

Part 3. Applying Introduction writing strategies

If you still cannot understand how to start off an essay about yourself, make use of these writing strategies:

Get about writing the body section first rather than introduction. There is no rule saying that you must write an introductory part first. What's more, having written the rest of the essay, you will have a better grasp of the subject and will know for sure how to present your introduction.

Brainstorm. If you have run out of ideas, take a sheet of paper and put down all ideas that cross your mind. These may not always be brilliant ones. Sometimes seeing bad ideas may impel you to search for good ones.

Do a thorough revision. It enables you to see spelling and grammar errors, rewrite points of your writing that are unclear, cross out useless facts, etc.

Ask somebody to look through your paper. If you are unsure about your paper, reach out to people whose opinion you respect. They can sometimes come up with brilliant ideas you would never hit upon yourself.

Do not be afraid of asking people who assigned you the essay. The fact that you reach them out means that you take your task seriously. Additionally, since they raise their own expectations about your final work, they can give you advice that will help you to write it exactly as they want it.

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