4. Uncreative writing: Use imagery to draw your reader in. Instead of beginning an essay with: "My father inspires me because he puts his life on the line serving as a Chicago police officer," consider an opening like this: "Every day at 5 a.m. sharp, Dad rolls quietly out of bed, polishes his badge until it shines, carefully buckles on his gun belt, and signs on as a police officer for the city of Chicago. My mother starts her day saying a prayer that Dad will come home safely."
Chapter 1: Discovering Ideas (3-25) offers a lot of information about beginning an essay, and "An Overview: From Subject to Essay" (22-24) provides a helpful summary of the writing process. You should become familiar with this information. This page offers additional suggestions to help you get started on an essay assignment.
Beginning an essay with a quotation in MLA format
Sometimes writers find that beginning an essay with an appropriate quotation is an interesting way to open aliterary discussion. The quotation, of course, should be well chosen. It should be important, pertinent to thesubject of the paper, and well integrated into the rest of the introduction. The usual place for quotations whichserve as evidence for an assertion is in the body of a literary essay, not in the introduction. The type of quotationyou are looking for here is one that will make an interesting, informative, and appropriate opener. Remember thatyou must also explain the quotation and tie to your thesis.