Intro to an essay about yourself

Daniel Mendelsohn:  Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, critic, and essayist. His essays and reviews appear frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, and he has been a books and culture columnist for the New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, and Harper’s. His books include The Elusive Embrace, a reflection on sexual identity and classical literature, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation, with commentary, of the complete poetry of Constantine Cavafy, shortlisted for the Criticos Prize (UK); and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008) and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012). His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award (US), the National Jewish Book Award (US), the Prix Médicis (France), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Prose Style.

The attention grabber you use is up to you, but here are some ideas:

  • Startling information
    This information must be true and verifiable, and it doesn't need to be totally new to your readers. It could simply be a pertinent fact that explicitly illustrates the point you wish to make.
    If you use a piece of startling information, follow it with a sentence or two of elaboration .
  • Anecdote
    An anecdote is a story that illustrates a point.
    Be sure your anecdote is short, to the point, and relevant to your topic. This can be a very effective opener for your essay, but use it carefully.
  • Dialogue
    An appropriate dialogue does not have to identify the speakers, but the reader must understand the point you are trying to convey. Use only two or three exchanges between speakers to make your point.
    Follow dialogue with a sentence or two of elaboration .
  • Summary Information
    A few sentences explaining your topic in general terms can lead the reader gently to your thesis. Each sentence should become gradually more specific, until you reach your thesis.
  • If the attention grabber was only a sentence or two, add one or two more sentences that will lead the reader from your opening to your thesis statement.
  • Finish the paragraph with your thesis statement. Conclusion The conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic.

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