Get the Words Flowing
Sometimes all you need is a little help. That’s where story starters come in. Those 1-2 sentences give you just the boost you needed to spark your creativity and get the words flowing again. Here are 20 original story-starters to help you with your next writing exercise. They are meant to be used as the opening lines to a story, but you can also just use them as inspiration, or include the lines elsewhere in the story. You’re the writer, write what works for you!
20 Original Story-Starters
- Everyone has their secrets. Petra knows them all.
- The fire took much more than the barn last night.
- Why did they all have to bring flowers? From her hospital bed, all she could do was watch them wilt and die.
- It was the coldest night of the year, and the wood was too wet to start a fire.
- I am afraid of the dark. If you knew what I know, you’d be afraid too.
- Livia was unaware that this performance would change her life forever.
- The school had never seen a substitute teacher like Mr. Tomeky before.
- Marysville was usually a quiet place, but today, the town couldn’t stop talking about Mark’s new pet.
- I stared at her with my mouth wide open. I had never truly understood the meaning of the word, “awestruck”, until now.
- A small metal door opened once a day to slide in a tray of food and to take the old one. Today, there was no tray, only a note.
- Every spring, Dad and I planted flowers on her grave. It’s been three years since there’s been any news on the case.
- Everything the witch foretold has come to pass. I must try to alter my fate.
- “If you follow me, you will be in great danger. If you follow me, your life will never be the same. Can your risk it?”
- I didn’t look down. I just jumped.
- The wanted poster in the window looked just like me. I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or run.
- People who think that cats can’t talk have clearly never met Mr. Mcnuggets.
- She told me that today was the day I would die.
- Najma was the type of girl who had everything, or so people thought.
- Magic flowed from her fingertips as she focused all her thought in one direction. She couldn’t believe that this was real.
- The voice caused shivers to run up my spine, while the air in the room grew cold and thin as if we stood on a mountaintop. I stood, frozen, hoping it would pass, hoping the others wouldn’t see my fear.
If you use one of these story-starters, feel free to post your response (or a link to it) in the comments section. I promise that I will read and comment on whatever is shared. Good luck!