Writing Assignment: Introduce Yourself

by Randy Murray on January 7, 2011

A descriptive introduction is often important for developing characters in fiction. It is even more important for you, the writer. Many writers, myself included, often think of ourselves as being shy or introverted. Writing is a form of expression that is well suited to those of us who work best alone. But at times it is necessary to put aside our natural shyness and take center stage.

The best introductions stake a claim and elicit the reader or listener to ask for more. They work the same way as “elevator pitches,” brief responses to “Who are you?” and “What do you do?”

Really good introductions call for confidence and self-awareness. Do you really know who you are? That requires thought and examination. For these reasons, crafting your own introduction is both an important and a useful writing assignment.

For today’s assignment, write a brief introduction for yourself that you could use in print or in person.

Here’s my example:

I’m Randy Murray and I’m a writer.

I write professionally for businesses and organizations. That writing covers virtually all forms of marketing and communications. But I specialize in online content, like web sites and intranets. I focus on tackling technical or complex topics and translating them into stories that sell. I trained as a playwright, but I spent over 25 years in high-tech business and I bring all of those skills to bear for my clients.

Not only do I write for others, but I also publish the blog First Today, Then Tomorrow and I’m the author of the book Writing Assignments.  If you’re in Texas in February of this year you can see one of my plays in production at Howard Payne University.

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