Starting with Hooks for Essays

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Starting a piece of writing with an attention grabber is a good approach to securing reader interest. Creating a hook for an essay can involve a question, a surprise, or maybe a quotation creates a desire to read on to see what happens next. Even if all the information in the body of the essay is solid, it’s important to get the reader to that point with a good attention grabber. Starting an essay with an attention grabber ensures that your audience will want to keep reading.
Try these creative hook ideas for essays:

  • Start with a question. Asking your readers to think about the topic is a great way to get them ready to hear more. It can be a simple question like, “Could it be?” Or it can be a more complex question like, “Why is it that cats always land on their feet?”
  • Use descriptive words. Creating a picture in the reader’s mind can make him or her feel connected to your writing. Use words that describe the scene you’re trying to create. For example, if you’re writing about things you like to do in the winter, you can start with, “Jumping in big, slushy, icy puddles is certainly on my list of favorite things to do in the winter, but nothing tops a snowball fight on a cold, blustery day.”
  • Leave it a mystery. Give your readers just enough to make them curious. Include a few details and leave the rest to their imaginations. Try something like, “It was so noisy in our classroom that the walls began to shake. We couldn’t have known what would happen next.”

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