This is Part 2 of the Q&A where I answer my subscriber’s question: “Can I get help in writing introductory (opening) paragraphs on these topics I am working on?”
In Part 1 of this post, we quickly write the opening paragraph of Topic 1 “City schools are more advantageous than village schools.” Please click on the image below to watch Part 1:
Part 2: Quickly Writing Introductory Paragraphs for Topics 2 & 3
Topic 2: “Health is more important than wealth”
First, let’s use the Power of Three and divide this topic into three subtopics. With a little practice, this can be done very quickly.
Let’s do it:
We need three reasons why health is better than wealth. So, let’s think them up.
Reason 1. Health is not as easy to earn as wealth.
Right? Because you can earn money much more easily than regain lost health.
Reason 2. The quality of life does not suffer as much with the loss of wealth than it does with the loss of health.
This one is different from Reason 1 because it’s not about earning health or wealth but it about the quality of life when you lose one of them.
Reason 3. (I’m thinking, I’m thinking…)
When using the Power of Three, you will find that it’s always harder to come up with the third one than it is with the first two. But you’ll also find that you can always find it.
Reason 3. Good health is much more important for happiness than wealth is.
In other words, it is much easier to be happy when you don’t have a lot of money than when you have health issues. You agree?
And this is now our structure:
And now guess what – we’re ready to write out our introduction paragraph (which is essentially our thesis statement).
Health is more important than wealth for three reasons. First, health is not as easy to earn as wealth. Second, the quality of life does not suffer as much with the loss of wealth than it does with the loss of health. And finally, good health is much more important for happiness than wealth is.
So, we just wrote a nice opening paragraph with 55 words in it. Was that easy or what!
Next, let’s do Topic 3.
Topic 3: “My daily life”
The difference with this topic is that it’s not a complete sentence. So, let’s first turn it into a full sentence to make it a thesis statement. How about:
My daily life is boring.
Hey – I’m not insinuating anything here 🙂 Just saying that – hey, a person’s daily life could be quite boring, couldn’t it? Let’s assume that’s how the writer’s life is. Fictitious writer, anyway.
And now, guess what technique we’re going to use again? Yes, the Power of Three.
And let’s do it and find three reasons why the author’s life is boring. Let’s start with three categories of activities.
Hey – it’s pretty obvious what these categories can be, isn’t it? Let’s take a look:
And now let’s turn each of these categories into a complete statement.
1. At Home. My daily life at home consists of a bunch of very mundane activities, such as watching TV or taking a nap.
2. At School. All I do at the university is attend lectures and study in the library.
3. At Work. And my work is just a series of repetitive tasks I do every day.
And we’re ready to write our opening paragraph.
My daily life is boring. At home it consists of a bunch of very mundane activities, such as watching TV or taking a nap. All I do at the university is attend lectures and study in the library. And my work is just a series of repetitive tasks I do every day.
And thus we have ourselves a nice little introductory paragraph, which is, again, a thesis statement. And was this quick or what!
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