Short story starters
Just copy one (or more) of these sentences as the opening to your story.
The rest is up to your imagination.
Warm up exercise: consider using one of these ideas as a short, 15 minute warm up writing exercise before you start on your work-in-progress.
- James hesitated when he reached the basement, wondering if it was safe to enter.
- Katrina knew she shouldn’t be walking through this unfamiliar part of the city.
- Leanne picked up the book with the strangest of titles.
- Malcolm couldn’t resist; he just had to phone his brother and find out the result.
- Five hours had elapsed since Nanette had called.
- Paris had always intrigued Olga, but not for the usual reasons.
- If I had asked Peter a week ago that this was going to happen, he would have laughed in my face.
- She had dreaded this day coming for many weeks, but Ronya was pleasantly surprised by the actual outcome.
- Setting off at midnight was not Sam’s idea, but it was the least of his troubles that day.
- “How can we go on,” said Tony, “when this has just happened?”
- “Unless you let me have the gun,” whispered Vanessa, “we are never getting out of this place.”
- As soon as Wendy opened the rusty gate, she knew that this visit was going to be different.
Conditions of use:
- Feel free to use any of the story starters listed above. Change anything to suit your needs.
- Give it your best shot.
- Edit your work carefully before sending it off to a publisher or posting it on your blog.
- Let me know in the comments section how it went.
- If you publish your story on your web site or on your blog let me know so I can make a link to it for others to read.