Category Archives: sentence/story starters

Starting with The Sense of an Ending

I remember, in no particular order: –       a shiny inner wrist; –       steam rising from a wet sink as a hot frying pan is laughingly tossed into it; –       gouts of sperm circling in a plughole, before being sluiced down … Continue reading

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10 prompts to make you write like crazy

I have missed a couple of weeks and prompts due to life and the Atlantic Ocean coming between Kat, Zoe and I (or should that be me?) and our weekly writing sessions. But I’m back and we had a great … Continue reading

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On your marks, get set…

Some writing prompts take a bit of explaining. There’s a set up or a thought process to go through. But today’s is a Sentence Starter, direct and simple. Of course you don’t have to make the line your first sentence, … Continue reading

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A spot of rule breaking…

I’ve just finished reading Jennifer Egan’s prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad and what I particularly liked about it was that it’s not a traditional novel in terms of character, structure or plot. I’m not sure that it … Continue reading

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Starting with summary

‘I have never looked into my sister’s eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I’ve never used an airplane bathroom. Or slept through the … Continue reading

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I don’t like

Here’s a good prompt from today’s workshop. Introduce a character by telling what he or she does not like. The effect will be to show what he or she does like. It works. Just start with ‘I don’t like’ or … Continue reading

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5 degrees of psychic distance (yes, really)

Consider the following sentences taken from The Art of Fiction by John Gardner: It was winter of the year 1853. A large man stepped out of a doorway. Henry J. Warburton had never much cared for snowstorms. Henry hated snowstorms. … Continue reading

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I’m not going to murder anyone, but I’m hoping someone else will

This great line came up near the end of one of Kat’s pieces in workshop this morning. It’s such a corker that we all used it as an opening sentence in our next writing activity with some fab results. It’s … Continue reading

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Nobody’s perfect

It is not long after noon on January 1st but I have already managed to read a three hundred page novel. Seems like the perfect start to the year. But the novel was terrible – despite being written by an … Continue reading

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5 opening sentences – start writing!

My brother takes They hear the sound of ____ and know_____ It’s three a.m. and It was her fault that Today, for the first time, Complete each of these sentences. Do it quickly, but try to be quirky and creative. … Continue reading

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