But I also see people who can achieve a pretty good version of an introduction quite quickly, and they find that getting it “almost right” is necessary to set them up for the rest of the paper.
The thing is to find out what approach works for you.
These tips will attract your reader’s attention, provide reader interest to read the whole essay, define the thesis statement and arrange the background of your theme.
They're also a few simple tricks which can help you make your research paper introduction shine: The first sentences should be common about the general topic and then you should add some details about your topic.
You have to ask yourself how you will place your chosen question, problem or puzzle in a context the reader will understand.
You need to consider: How broad or narrow should the context be – how local, how international, how discipline specific?
After writing your research paper, you will have a broad picture.
This will help you identify the main points and include them into the introduction.
Not too much passive voice and heavy use of nominalisation, so that the reader feels as if they are swallowing a particularly stodgy bowl of cold, day-old tapioca. Questions, context, arguments, sequence and style as well? An introduction has a lot of work to do in few words.
It is little wonder that people often stall on introductions. In my writing courses I see people who are quite happy to get something workable, something “good enough” for the introduction – they write the introduction as a kind of place-holder – and then come back to it in subsequent edits to make it more convincing and attractive.