I had tendinitis in my shoulders and saltwater sores on my backside."I couldn’t have been happier...." Here we have an example of reversing expectations.
The introductory paragraph is filled with doom and gloom.
An introductory paragraph, as the opening of a conventional essay, composition, or report, is designed to grab people's attention.
It informs readers about the topic and why they should care about it, but also adds enough intrigue to get them to continue to read.
In short, the opening paragraph is your chance to make a great first impression.
You can engage your readers right from the start through a number of tried and true ways."As a lifelong crabber (that is, one who catches crabs, not a chronic complainer), I can tell you that anyone who has patience and a great love for the river is qualified to join the ranks of crabbers.However, if you want your first crabbing experience to be a successful one, you must come prepared." What did Mary do in her introduction?First of all, she wrote in a little joke, but it serves a dual purpose. She leaves us with questions, and that draws us in because now we want answers.Not only does it set the stage for her slightly more humorous approach to crabbing, but it also clarifies what type of "crabber" she's writing about. "Working part-time as a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly has given me a great opportunity to observe human behavior.This reversal compels us to find out what happened.Most people have had streaks where nothing seems to go right.Use your knowledge of the topic to craft an opening line that will satisfy that need.You don't want to fall into the trap of what writers call "chasers" that bore your readers (such as "The dictionary defines....").The key is to add intrigue along with just enough information so your readers want to find out more.When you begin writing a new piece, think about what your readers want or need to know.