1. First, you must start by writing the points of the essay on a rough paper.You'd think it's a waste of time, but it really isn't. If you don't write the points down, you'll forget them and it will take you longer.
2. Start with a good introduction, that's the best part of the essay. It doesn't have to be that long.
To begin your paragraph, you must first know what the paragraph is about. If you have not decided, write your topic or writing idea down. Make a list of everything you know about this topic - look up facts if you need to!
Here are some ideas for a "catchy" beginning:
State a surprising fact - if you're writing a report about bees or honey, you could begin with the statement "Honey is the only food that never spoils." For a geography report about Rome, how about "There is a city called Rome on every continent"? You can then lead into your main topic, now that you've caught the reader's attention. One note - be sure that your surprising fact relates to the topic, or you will defeat the whole purpose!
Use a quotation - most of the time, you can find a catchy quote that somebody else has said which says exactly what you wanted to say! Why not use that to start your paragraph? June Foray once said "I spent most of the afternoon writing a new introduction to my autobiography," which just goes to show that everyone can have trouble with introductory paragraphs.
Give a definition - this works especially well if your topic is a term or phrase which can be easily defined in a short sentence. Tell the readers what an important term means, and they instantly know two things: what your topic is about, and what it actually means.
Give an anecdote - an anecdote is a little story which shows an example and illustrates whatever you're talking about. If you have an interesting story that exemplifies your point, use it to catch the reader's interest. For example: "When we went to Disneyworld, I shot an entire roll of film before I realized that I'd forgotten to take off the lens cap! Since then, I have always remembered to follow these steps for taking good photographs."
Use humor - humor can be a powerful attention-getter, but you need to use it in the right place. If you're trying to stir the reader's emotion about a negative event, such as pollution or injustice, you don't want to defuse things with a laugh. However, a good chuckle works well with dry, informative text or recitation of facts. Often, you can combine the humor into one of the other techniques, and give a funny quote or humorous anecdote. For example: "French poet Gerard de Nerval had a pet lobster, and often took it for walks. Lobsters usually live in the ocean however."
3. Write the paragraphs of the essay, and as you write them cross the points from the rough paper.
4. Finally, conclude the essay. The conclusion is as important as the introduction so make sure you do it well.