How to Start a Reflective Essay

Essay writing is a vital skill for people of all ages. To convey information clearly, concisely and meaningfully through written prose is not only helpful as a practical ability for seeking and finding employment, but also for better understanding of how to communicate with those around you.

Reflective essays are a potent tool for conveying personal experiences. The beginnings of these essays are crucial moments that, if executed correctly, can hook your reader and have him or her eager to follow the complete journey of your story.

Settle on a topic. You’ll want to write about something that is meaningful to you personally, but also something that is unique to your life and experiences. Choose the story that you’ll want to reflect upon, and tell that story to yourself to make sure it’s complete and interesting.

Write your first sentence, sometimes called a “lead” or “hook.” Put something especially unusual and interesting in this sentence, perhaps a particularly exciting part of the story. Starting in the middle of your story is always an effective and exciting approach.

Flesh out the first paragraph of your essay’s start with contextual information for your lead. Consider addressing the five “w”s: who, what, when, where and why. For instance, if your first sentence is, “I was knee-deep in quicksand, the dogs were on my tail, and my plane was leaving in four minutes,” you’ll hook your readers right away; spend the rest of the first paragraph telling us where this is happening, and why.

Read more: How to Start a Reflective Essay | eHow.com

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