Introductions can be the the hardest part of writing a paper; I’ve spent a lot of time just staring at a computer screen waiting for the words to start flowing. There is something about starting that causes anxiety in the hearts of writers. The following tips, however, can point you in the right direction and help you write a good introduction.
1) Write your thesis statement first
The thesis does not have to be the first sentence, but you should already know what you’re argument is, because everything else is supplementary. As such, have a sheet of paper or an index card with your thesis statement already on it; make sure everything you write related to it–it will keep you focused and on track!
2) Be clear and concise
If you want to learn how to write a good introduction, than you should know right away that clarity is key. Although many students boast in their abilities to “fake” their way through a paper, they are usually lying, insecure in their intelligence, or not getting as good of a grade as they could. The introduction is often the primary place for “fluff” writing. To avoid this, make sure your sentences are all concise, make sense, and logically follow the previous sentence.
3) Be creative
Nobody likes monotony, especially professors grading your paper! Add some spice to your paper by being creative in the introduction. Some possible ways to do this include: starting off with a quote, adding in a short story, or talk about something intriguing. Also, make it memorable! Some of the most memorable introductions of all times were both clear and creative; continue to find new ways to write introductions!
4) Take feedback
Feedback is priceless for writers; listen to what your professors and peers have to say. In fact, go to your professors office hours and talk to him about making your introduction better. Not only will you gain brownie points by going to them, but you’ll also end up with a much better paper since your professor is providing you with some tips!
5) Edit and repeat
Learning how to write a good introduction is inevitably prefaced with learning how to edit a paper. Make sure you are diligent to revise (and repeat!) your introduction; make it as good and as concise as humanly possible! The old biblical adage you reap what you sow, is true in so many cases–including writing; put in the time and you will see results.