Question: What are some ways to begin stories or essays?
> With a list.
> As a reflection.
> With reminiscence.
> With something you didn’t know.
> With a report of a past event or a crime.
> With a generality.
> With fascinating facts.
> With a portrait in words.
> With a first or last event.
> With an assertion.
> With a conflict.
> In the middle of a discovery.
> With a child narrator.
> In the middle of an emergency.
> With a diagnosis.
> With a mystery.
Comment: An interesting list for beginnings of essays. The sequence of activities I suggest in writing the essay includes brainstorming the topic; thesis; draft, including the thesis, the middle paragraphs and the last paragraph—and then the introductory paragraph. RayS.
Title: “Where to Begin.” Laura Oliver. The Writer (May 2012), 30-31.