Writing a great lede is crucial to your story. It sets up for what is to come and helps all of your information flow smoothly. Both Knight and Filak have written about the importance of having a strong lede, and even though I already feel a little stressed about making sure that I have written a lede that successfully gets across the overall idea of what I want to talk about in my story, even though I haven’t even written one yet, I know that all of this information that both have provided will help me feel less stressed about it all.
I see a lede as being similar to writing a great introductory paragraph in an essay, it has to capture the reader and make them curious about what comes next. It must inform the reader of the 5 W’s and H in a way that draws them in to reading more into the story. Making sure that quotes are used correctly can be viewed similarly and both authors here have done a great job at showing how to use them effectively and even when to stop writing if it seems like I am just dumping all of my information into my story.
Figuring out what information I should keep and what I should abandon will also make a story stronger. Adding the important information, as well as any that might be of use to the reader and the progression of the story, creates a well-rounded piece, and even though writing a lede seems intimidating to me now, Knight’s inclusion of tips from veteran journalists was really helpful and I will have to think about those as I begin my own ledes for my stories!