"In March 2006, I found myself, at 38, divorced, no kids, no home, and alone in a tiny rowing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I’d had no human contact for weeks because my satellite phone had stopped working.
The key is to add intrigue along with just enough information so your readers want to find out more.
When you begin writing a new piece, think about what your readers want or need to know.
Your first draft may not have the best opening, but as you continue to write, new ideas will come to you and your thoughts will develop a clearer focus.
Take note of these and, as you work through revisions, refine and edit your opening.
Yet, it is the possibility of a turn of fortunes that compels us to keep going.
This writer appealed to our emotions and a sense of shared experience to craft an effective read.
If you're struggling with the opening, follow the lead of other writers and skip it for the moment.
Many writers begin with the body and conclusion and come back to the introduction later.
An introductory paragraph, as the opening of a conventional essay, composition, or report, is designed to grab people's attention.
It informs readers about the topic and why they should care about it, but also adds enough intrigue to get them to continue to read.