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Part II: Composing Your E-Mail Message > Getting Started in Three Easy Steps

Chapter 12. Getting Started in Three Easy Steps

For many people, the hardest part of writing is getting started. The thought of writing the first few words in the all-important lead sentence paralyzes many writers. Do not let a blank screen intimidate you. Apply this three-step trick for getting started.

  1. Begin your lead sentence with a well-worn cliché such as “The purpose of this memo is,” or “I am writing today because,” or “In response to your e-mail of April 1,” or “Thank you.”

  2. Complete your first sentence by attaching your primary message to the cliché you selected to jump-start the writing process. Then continue writing your document, inverted-pyramid style.

  3. When you are finished writing, return to the first sentence and replace your opening cliché with a stylish, attention-getting phrase. Make any necessary changes to the rest of the message.


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