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Note 48 – Using ‘lead sentences’

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – If you would prefer to dive straight into note 48, then please read on…

The use of lead sentences

Most of the time, we know what we want to write about in an essay or an article, but not always how to structure it.  According to Brandon Royal in The Little Red Writing Book, you can “break your subject into two to four parts and use a lead sentence”.  He suggests that three is the magic number, but no more than four parts are recommended. 

Using lead sentences in the introduction of your essays or articles, will summarise to your reader what to expect in the main body and the order in which it will unfold.  It will also give you a structure and guide to write your piece.

Here is an example of a lead sentence:

In this essay today, I am going to discuss three main topics on writing: what to include in your introduction, suggestions on number of paragraphs for the main body, and how to conclude your writing piece”

Once you have set the introduction up, you can then set to work on no less than one paragraph for each part. 

My thoughts:  I love learning new ways to write.  Just the idea of a lead sentence will make me feel like I’ve half written the piece already.  Working on the main body will then be like adding meat to the bones!

I’ve had the most relaxing day ever.  It started with an Indian head massage which was divine!

Until tomorrow…


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Brandon Royal (2004) The Little Red Writing Book, USA


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “Note 48 – Using ‘lead sentences’

  1. Great post and some really useful tips there. I love resource lists like this. Have social bookmarked it in the hope that others can also benefit.

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