The gist of both of these chapters concerned what makes a good lede. It should be short and to the point while also grabbing the readers’ attention and setting up the story. As an English major used to nearly useless introductory paragraphs that could really just be the thesis, this is very appealing. A good lede is no nonsense and keeps people interested and informed, something much of academic writing lacks.

However, I’m used to writing how I was trained to write, so I’m a bit nervous about our first story coming up. I’ve struggled when a professor has told me not to worry about an introductory paragraph and just start writing. I know I will refer back to both books to polish up and edit my story before turning it in. The examples given in both texts were especially helpful. It’ll be important to keep in mind while setting up my first lede.


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