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The Importance of Your First Sentence

“If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.”

T. S. Eliot

Never underestimate the importance of your first sentence and first paragraph. It is essential your first sentence provides clarity and purpose. Try to make a bold, clear statement that captures the imagination of the reader. The first sentence and paragraph will set the tone for the whole article; it can also determine whether the reader actually continues with the rest of the blog post.

What to Include In First Sentence and Paragraph:

  • Make a clear introduction to the article
  • Use short sentences, to give added clarity
  • Consider using a quote by a famous writer / authority

Things to Avoid in first Paragraph

  • Use unnecessary phrases such as:
    • “In this article, I will look at whether an interesting topic to consider….”
    • “seeing as how”
    • “I haven’t had much inspiration to write recently… (this is real killer for me)”
  • Sit on the fence.
    • “It might be the case that getting links to your blog could help your SEO in the long term”.
  • Make an obvious typo
    • “There time has come to go over their”

(it should be THEIR time has come to go over THERE)

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