writing ledes


How to Write Effective Titles for Magazine Articles 9

Before you can capture readers with your words and voice, you must write an effective title! Whether you’re writing magazine articles, blog posts, school essays, or a book – your best title makes readers drool with anticipation. In this guest post, Sara shares three ways to write effective titles for articles, blog posts, essays or any type of writing, really. To delve even further into the craft of writing […]

Writing Effective Titles

A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers 2

In this guest post, novelist William Meikle offers tips on writing leads (“killer opening lines”) – and keeping your readers hooked. But first, I have to share a quip from Annie Dillard on how to be a successful writer: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, […]


7 Ways to Write Effective Leads or Introductions to Hook Readers 4

These ways to write effective leads or introductions that hook readers are from a variety of editors, writers, and creative gurus. I’ve also included several examples of their writing tips in action. First, some good news from a professional writer: “Editors need freelancers,” writes Thomas Williams in Get Paid to Write: The No-Nonsense Guide to Freelance Writing. “They depend on them. The freelancers they […]


52 Ways to Write Interesting Leads – Attract and Keep Readers 5

Need good ways to start your article, essay, or book? Writing an interesting lead or introduction that attracts and keeps readers is one of the most difficult things about writing (next to finding the perfect title for your article, chapter, or book!). Your lead has to hook editors, publishers, and readers — and your introduction has to have pizzazz, razzle dazzle, and sparkle! “Your first […]


How to Write a Great Lead and Hook Readers 4

Successful writers need to grab readers by the throat and keep them hooked! These writing tips describe the best ways to write a great lead or introduction. There are dozens of ways to hook readers with the first sentence…but only a few that work every single time… Before the tips, a quip: “It’s important to try to write when you are in the wrong […]