But when used as an opportunity to observe human nature, as this writer does, it turns from ordinary to fascinating. The descriptive language and the analogy to rats in a maze add to the intrigue, and readers are left wanting more.
For this reason, even though it's lengthy, this is an effective opening.
Yet, it is the possibility of a turn of fortunes that compels us to keep going.
This writer appealed to our emotions and a sense of shared experience to craft an effective read.
You can read all the advice you want about writing a compelling opening, but it's often easier to learn by example.
Let's see how some writers approached their essays and analyze why they work so well.
Those first few words of the second paragraph—which a reader cannot help but skim—surprise us and thus draw us in.
How can the narrator be happy after all that sorrow?
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.