posted on Nov, 2 2009 @ 12:03 AM
If the opening is clear and properly formatted, there is a higher chance that other ATS members will consider reading the rest of the article. It sets
a good impression. If the opening is very badly worded and the grammar is mostly poor, many people will be put off by it and probably decide not to
Sounds strange, but it can sometimes be better to write an introductory paragraph at the end. Get all of your ideas down, structure paragraphs and
group ideas accordingly, and then make an opening paragraph after establishing which information you want to include. This really does work wonders
for some people.
The first paragraph is not the be-all and end-all that many people claim it to be, but the potential to captivate and attract uncertain readers is
better if yours is of high quality. Do remember that the middle paragraphs are usually seen as the "meat" of the pieces, and thus more time and
effort should be placed on these. It's all good and well to have a strong intro and conclusion, but if the body is weak, then this detracts from the
overall quality of the article.
Originally posted by wiredamerican
The first paragraph matters to me. When I read threads that include "mods please move this thread if you need to thanks" or "i searched for this
topic but I could not find it" or apologies if this topic has already been posted"----these sentences are turn-offs.
Whats even more powerful than the first paragraph are pictures. People love pictures.
Same. I get pretty annoyed when I see people say stuff like that. It is a weakness of mine where I lose patience to read the rest. There is a
difference between stating "Warning, graphic footage to follow" and "If the mods want they can move it..." The first is courteous and necessary
for the T&Cs, but the second is simply stating the obvious!
[edit on 2/11/2009 by Dark Ghost]