Good Ways to Start
A strong start hooks the reader and makes them want to read the rest of your writing. Here are some ideas to get you started strongly.
* A command to the reader
Example: Never try to outsmart a skunk.
* A question
Example: What possessed me to try to catch a skunk? I will never know.
* A quotation
Example: "What on earth is that horrible stink?" my sister gagged, putting the collar of her shirt over her nose.
* An action
Example: I had never run so fast in my life. Unfortunately, it wasn't fast enough.
* A sound effect
Example: "PSFST!" I smelled the skunk's spray almost as soon as I heard it.
* A theme statement
Example: It was a battle with nature. Nature won.
* A thought
Example: As I walked through the woods, I imagined how wonderful it would be to have a real live skunk for a pet.