“A lead is a promise. It promises that the piece of writing is going to be like this. If it is not going to be so, don’t use the lead. A lead is good not because it dances, fires cannons or whistles like a train, but because it is absolute to what follows.”
The first time I read this quote, it completely jolted me. And it echoes* in my head a lot. A little bit of a reminder as to why I’m doing this.
*The word “echo” makes me think my head is empty and now I’m imagining words just bouncing around in there. Oh lord, back to midterm studying.