The way in which a sentence begins really matters. Whether it's the opening line of the Gospel according to St John: "In the beginning was the word ...", or the introduction to a story in this newspaper: "Egypt has opened its border with Gaza ...", those first words are the starting point for the message.
This is the first paragraph of The Guardian article by Chris Tribble about some sure-fire formulas to start any piece of writing.
I think the ideas in the article may come in handy for lots of English students who have to grapple with composition writing as part of their English course.
H/T to Larry Ferlazzo.