If you want to really get a reader involved, you can start a small conversation relevant to the article. Say, the article is about the advances in breast cancer treatments. You might start a small dialogue with a patient finding out the lump is cancerous, and the emotional impact of that revelation. That will definitely pull a reader into the story and help to set the stage for the rest of Your article.
Create a Drama
This strategy is to stage a drama that engages the reader in a startling situation. It should be relevant to the topic of your article, but it can be anything you decide to imagine and invent or a true-to-life story. So, say you are trying to write about GPS systems. You can start with a little story of someone driving into a strange town in the middle of the night, being low on gas, and try to find a hospital where their daughter is giving birth. It doesn’t have to be really terrible, just something that startles the reader who might see themselves within a similar situation and can get their emotion involved too.
Tell A Good Story
This is similar to staging a drama except that is less startling and more descriptive. People love a good story, but you have to set the scene first. So, you will start by creating a great environment from where to tell your story, and that story will end up being the topic of your article.
As an example, say you are writing about home builders. You might start by setting the scene as a potential homebuyer as follows:
The first one we went to see smelled like dog urine and cigarettes. The second one looked like a mini-gingerbread house from the curb, and we were finally excited to step through the threshold for the first time, only to be greeted by walls painted a bright flamingo pink. We almost despaired of finding our new home, until the realtor took us to the new Glendale community at Riverside Park, built by Pulte homes.
How To Leave Them Satisfied In The End
Just as important as the beginning of articles are the endings. Is your reader satisfied that you delivered what you promised when you started the article? Was it sufficiently engaging and interesting to make them feel as if it was worthwhile? In this section, we’ll give you five different ways to wrap up your articles so that your reader leaves feeling satisfied.
Wrap Up the Loose Ends
If you told a story or began a drama, don’t forget to finish the story to the reader’s satisfaction. Don’t leave them hanging wondering what happened to the main character in the little story or drama. If you do that, they will not trust you the next time one of your articles come up. In a way, you’ll have proven you are more of a tease than a full-fledged author. So, always remember to wrap up those loose ends.
Always Draw a Conclusion
Say you decided to ask a question and use that as a basis to describe an experiment that you employed to solve that question. Don’t just describe the results, but actually draw conclusions in a very straightforward fashion. The reader may or may not agree with your conclusions, but the other option is to leave them hanging and ready to draw their own conclusions. If you are trying to sell an idea and you don’t draw the conclusions for them, you may end up finding they draw a totally different conclusion or don’t have the initiative to do it themselves.
In fact, when an Internet marketer refuses to draw the conclusion that the buyer should buy their product, the sales prospect will normally not draw that conclusion themselves. All Internet marketers know that, even after an especially powerful sales ad, you must ask for the sale. If you don’t draw the conclusion that they should buy this product, they won’t either.
Be the “Next Step” Planner
Maybe the article was an introduction to a vastly complex subject. Where should the reader go next to find out more? Maybe the structure of the article was informative or a review. Do you know what the reader is expecting next? Maybe they want more “how-to” or a place where they can go and purchase the reviewed product. Always anticipate what the reader might want at the end of your article and offer it to them. It will make them eternally grateful to you.
Keep an Eye on Trends
Just like the New Year’s psychic predictions are popular, people really desire to be told by experts what’s on the horizon for them. This is particularly true of informative articles that are giving a broad general sweep of an industry trend, people in the spotlight, or current events. So, if you know of new trends that are coming down the pike for the future that relates to your story, it can make a perfect way to end a story and give the reader a satisfying dessert with their meal.