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Writing Leads

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on 29 October 2013

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Transcript of Writing Leads

"Lead"
Perhaps the most important piece of your writing is what it starts with. No one wants a boring starter that defeats the purpose of even reading the finish! You have to “lead” your reader to your central focus. If your article starts out boring and plain, it paints the picture for the rest of the paper. Unless your lead is interesting, no one will read your article. There are numerous ways to draw in your reader- all of which involve the appropriate lead.

Lead 2: “Snapshot” Lead
A good way to draw your reader into your topic is to paint them a picture that they can in a sense, become a part of. By opening an article with immense description of a relateable series of emotions/events or even creating an easy scene or comfortable atmosphere; your reader is more excited to read your piece.





Lead 3: Dialogue
Starting your article with a conversation can create a more personal and relateable setting. This way your reader can feel more included and in tuned to your article's focus.
Finish
Leads are extremely important; but it's also important to remember to finish just as strongly as how you began. The best way to end an article is to tie it back into the way that it started.
Writing Leads
Joy Anderson
Lead 1: "Um, What..?"
Be vague. I know, that sounds strange. Most of the time in Journalism, you might be encouraged to be as descriptive as possible. However, beginning an article leaving your reader's head swarming with questions and craving information is a sure way to hook them into the rest of your article. You can fill in the answers and be more descriptive along the way.
Bad:


I broke my arm falling off of the monkey bars after my brother scared me. it hurt really bad so i started to cry and my mom took me to the hospital. Now i have to wear a caste.
Good:
I couldn't even look him in the eyes. I hold him responsible, my brother. How could he be so stupid? I bet he didn't know of the consequences that scaring me in such a situation could cause. I was on the monkey bars, of all places. I hope his little laugh was worth it, but my broken arm says otherwise.
Ally feels more comfortable when she's at home. Big crowds scare her.

Bad:
Good:
The sweet smell of fabric softener, the familiarity of her own couch, the pastel painted walls, and the sense of security that being at home brings to Ally is much more comforting than that of a busy crowd.
I had a conversation about colleges with my mom yesterday and it proved to be extremely helpful.
Bad:
"Mom, I'm honestly struggling a little bit with finding the right college for me. How did you do it?"
"I'm so glad that you asked. I really struggled with that when I was your age too. Here are some tips that really seemed to help me...{etc}"
Starting a simple conversation like this with your parents may prove to be much more beneficial than you might think.
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