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How to write epic opening line

Saumya1935Saumya1935 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I have written my essay but how to start it can someone help

Replies to: How to write epic opening line

  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard Registered User Posts: 1,967 Senior Member
    First write your essay. The opening line will come naturally once you know what you're writing about.

    If you just focus on finding the perfect opening, you'll just end up spinning your wheels.
  • LakemomLakemom Registered User Posts: 2,995 Senior Member
    ^^^^What he said. The opening line is considered to be a "hook". It is the sentence that makes the reader want to read more. So write your essay then come up with an opening sentence that creates enthusiasm, mystery, and is thought provoking. A sentence that makes the reader want to read the rest of the paragraph.
  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard Registered User Posts: 1,967 Senior Member
    edited November 27
    Sorry - I just reread your additional post and see that you already have written your essay. My bad.

    If you'd like, I be happy to read your essay and try to brainstorm with you on a good way to start it. You can PM it to me -- do NOT post it online!
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 11,972 Forum Champion
    Google "Hacking the College Essay 2017" and read it.

    Write the Essay No One Else Could Write

    "It boils down to this: the essay that gets you in is the essay that no other applicant could write.
    Is this a trick? The rest of this guide gives you the best strategies to accomplish this single
    most important thing: write the essay no one else could write.
    If someone reading your essay gets the feeling some other applicant could have written it,
    then you’re in trouble.
    Why is this so important? Because most essays sound like they could have been written by
    anyone. Remember that most essays fail to do what they should: replace numbers (SAT/GPA) with the real you.
    Put yourself in the shoes of an admissions officer. She’s got limited time and a stack of
    applications. Each application is mostly numbers and other stuff that looks the same. Then she picks
    up your essay. Sixty seconds later, what is her impression of you? Will she know something specifically
    about you? Or will you still be indistinguishable from the hundreds of other applicants she has been
    reading about?"
  • PorcupineQuinnPorcupineQuinn Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Is your essay a story? If so, try starting in the middle, at a point that is exciting. For example, "I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to hear what the announcer would say." An opening sentence like this opens up questions in a reader's mind; who is this announcer and what does he have to say that's so important?
    If your essay is an exploration of a topic you find interesting, try beginning with an explanation of why it is so fascinating to you/what aspect of it you love most. Likewise, if you're writing about your future career goals, talk about the thing you are looking forward to the most. Your passion for the topic will be evident to your readers and make them excited, too.
    Try not to stress yourself out. Easier said than done, I know, but writing is easier when you aren't worried about how it will turn out. If you're still feeling stuck, write a bunch of opening sentences, no matter how bad you think they are, and then pick one you like.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 29,988 Senior Member
    You don't need an "epic opening line." It's not the place or purpose of a admissions essay. This is not about short story writing or a contest. You're writing to adcoms, not a general public that needs to get excited.

    And, "Show, not just tell." Not opinions or goals. Try to understand what the personal statement is meant to convey about you. What they need to see in you.
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