Openings and Endings

Openings and Endings

Crafting Effective Openings

  • Understand that the first impression is critical. A strong beginning can grab your reader’s interest.

  • Start by clearly establishing your purpose and setting the tone for the rest of your piece.

  • Consider using an engaging hook like a question, an intriguing statement, or a compelling fact to draw in the reader.

  • Introduce your thesis or main idea early so it’s clear what your argument or point of view is.

  • Keep your audience in mind. An effective opening is one that engages and resonates with your intended reader.

Developing Impactful Conclusions

  • Your conclusion is your final chance to leave a lasting impression. It should be strong and decisive.

  • Restate your thesis or main idea in new words in the conclusion. This brings your reader full circle and reinforces your point.

  • Summarise the main points you’ve made in your piece. This helps your reader remember and appreciate your argument.

  • Try to avoid introducing new ideas or arguments in the conclusion. It can confuse and frustrate your reader.

  • Encourage further reflection or action. This can be a call to action, a recommendation or a thought-provoking question that engages your reader beyond the piece itself.

Reviewing Your Openings and Endings

  • Remember to review and edit your beginnings and endings with extra care.

  • Check that your opening effectively engages your reader and clearly sets out your main argument or purpose.

  • Ensure your conclusion effectively wraps up your argument and leaves the reader with a satisfying, finished feeling.

  • Do not rush the process. Reviewing and refining your openings and endings can greatly improve the overall quality of your piece.