Open with the expanse of your setting and appeal to the senses which serves as a “first impression” that lingers for the whole text:
I watched the sleeping ocean from a corner of the cockpit. In the deep darkness, blind waves broke and collapsed in rhythmic, drawn-out hisses, luring me to sleep though they misted me with spray.
—Glenda Reed, The Good Captain, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 58, Winter 2016
State a provocative question that others are NOT asking:
Here is a question for our times: can memory represent truth when technology can reveal far more than we might remember? I answer that question differently based on what professional hat I am wearing…
–Seal H. Patel, Finding Truth in Technology, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 58, Winter 2016
Quote an authority and build on his premise:
Stories, Goethe tells us, are a human service, a way to share with another person “how things have gone with others and what he has to expect from life,” to instruct that “whatever happens, it befalls him as a man and no as one who is specially fortunate or unfortunate.” We tell stories to suggest sense and meaning when there seems to be none and to create a semblance of order in an out-of-control world. The stories we tell—and especially the ones we write–become the records of experiences lived, landscaped inhabited, and events transpired. They provide guide points along the map of human experience, handholds for understanding: who we are, where have come from, what matters to us and way.
—Anita. Husain, The Story behind the Story, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 58, Winter 2016
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