Image is from one of Dr. Bailey's books: The Practical Writer (7th edition) First Pages

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Bottom line

  • Have extra space at the top.
  • Start with a short paragraph.

Have extra space at the top

You want your document to look easy to read. All too often, though, first pages look cramped:

Sample first page with little room at the top

Graphics designers have a trick—they use lots of white space at the top:

Sample first page with good room at the top

Much more inviting, isn't it?

Start with a short paragraph

We already covered this elsewhere, but it bears repeating. Just notice the first paragraph in the image above.

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