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Saturday, 30 December 2006
10:21:39 PM (GMT)
Harry Potter, Eragon, Poppy, and Hoot. What do all of these books have in
common? They all have a strong lead! These books would not be as famous as they were
if it was not for their introductions! Who wants to continue reading a boring story
if it has a boring intro? 

In writing, the most important part of the story is the introduction. You always want
to have a smart lead to catch your reader's attention. In writing you have exactly
3 seconds  to catch your reader's attention. 

Leads, in all their are 6 main leads. All of them are nice to use but one. You never
want to use a typical lead for introductions!
Typical~ I closed my door and went up to my room since I was mad.
Typical most likely does not give enough detail to catch the reader's attention and
does not make since. If you were mad why would you just close the door and go to your
room? Wouldn't you slam your door and run up to your room?

Smart leads:

flashback~ Use present day text to compare to past text to start story. Be sure to
include how the two connect some point in the story. Example.... The pounding of rain
on my glass window reminded me of that horrible day in Mississippi when the hurricane
hit. The water came down in storms flooding everything. I was driving in my mom's car
trying to get away when a huge storm struck. Rain hit the car hard and lightning

action word~ Use a word that describes an action you are doing. Example....... Bang!
I slammed the door shut in frustation and sprinted up to my room jumping two stairs
at a time.

Although these are just two leads, I can come  up with 3 more.... does anyone
know? I will send an item to the person  who can guess two more correctly! One item~
one correct answer and one person! Only one person can get the item! Be sure to check
before submitting your answer!

Most of the time, people can mix up detailed leads with confusing, choppy, and boring
sentences. Two many details can bore the reader because those are things they do not
need to know! It makes the writer escape the main plot. Many details can also make
long sentences which can easily bore and confuse the reader. Too many details can
lead to lots of and's also's and which's. Too many of these in one sentence can make
the story choppy and confusing!

Princess67 says:   30 December 2006   585949  
i've read the book hoot it's better than the movie but cody linery is
so freakin hot!!! he's the guy who plays mullet fingers in the movie
he is not that scrany  now like he is in the movie
Alygirl52 says:   30 December 2006   838232  
Thanks for reading! Oh yes, I have read Hoot too! I agree the movie
is not so good!
Aluchy says:   31 December 2006   354698  
KWL!! i've read harry potter!!  haha nice text by the way!
Alygirl52 says:   31 December 2006   127978  
Thanks, and I have read all the books at the top of the page. That is
how I know if they have good leads! They are all great books and I
hope you enjoyed reading!                        Why has nobody got
the question yet?
SuperSparkle says:   31 December 2006   335798  
Hi Alygirl52, it's me!  Eragon is the best book I've read by far! 
And your tips to writing introductions inspired me 2 write!  I always
have trouble thinking of an introduction...Ttyl, and it was awesome!
Alygirl52 says:   31 December 2006   337527  
Thanks, it took me a while to write this! I hope you have fun with
your writing!
hotpink says:   1 January 2007   932414  
u rigt so much
Alygirl52 says :   2 January 2007   258659  
I know..... I just liek to write! Thanks for reading! See Ya*


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