What are some examples of hooks for an essay?
Concerning academic research papers, you should better start with a definition of the key term or the story/fact related to the topic.
Literary pieces and application essays (!) allow multiple options:
– set the stage (It was a dark…. )
– begin from the end result/consequence or climax of the story (I was sitting there, desperate and lonely. How could I do that? … )
– ask a question
– tell the joke
– use quotation
– use words of other people, their reaction to what you are going to describe
– use onomatopoeia (Bang! Woof!)