By Rory C. Keel
At one end of the street three bodies lay in the dirt, at the other end smoke drifted from the barrel of a pistol that a man in a trench coat held in his hand.
Who were these three dead men? Why did they challenge the man in the trench coat? What was this gunfight about?
The first few sentences of a piece of work should draw the reader into the story and cause them to read further. A good introduction may tell the reader what kind of story it will be and help them decide if it’s their kind of story.
Listed below are five basic opening techniques
- Picture or unusual image
- Interesting fact
Try using each of these in your writing and see which one creates the greatest interest in your opening paragraph.