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10 First Sentences

Write ten first sentences to 10 different stories. Try to start in the middle of things. Try to lure people in.



I am Myself I am a Wife Blessed with love I am a Mother Endowed with divinity Through the power of creation I am a Daughter Brought into this world With unending hope And the promise of the future I am a Sister Made fierce and strong While forged with kindness Protector and protected Spiraling together forever I am a Nurse Holding out the hands of healing And offering the sick comfort And the dying love Knowing that through this All things are healed and made whole I am a Writer Creating myself and world Sharing the inner depths of humanity Bringing together the divine And the humble mortal I tell the story of the Goddess And am remembered forever

7 thoughts on “10 First Sentences

  1. Story 1

    “The only mercy you’ll get is a bullet from my gun,” he said, looming over his target, and aimed his pistol right at a knee cap. “So what’s it gonna be?”

    Story 2

    Lightning arched between his fingers as the energy crackled in his rising hair, but he paid no heed because before him stood the matriarch.

    Story 3

    They say that fear is the mind killer, but that’s bullshit because there are things out there that can kill your mind faster and I am looking at one right now.

    Story 4

    It’s pretty sad when you’ve realized that the one time you actually loved someone was the time you needed to run away and that time to run away was not tomorrow or someday, but today.

    Story 5

    She showed up at my door an hour late, bright eyed and eager, and it was in this moment I remembered why I didn’t like dealing with the state.

    Story 6

    “But I want to help you,” the little boy said with a long whine as his older brother walked down the hall in silence.

    Story 7

    She typed furiously but each letter peeled and floated away from the paper just as fast as the metal struck the ink ribbon.

    Story 8

    It was just an ordinary day he thought, until the girl with dandelion fluff for hair spilled coffee on his brand new jacket.

    Story 9

    “I would cry if I actually felt something, but I don’t give a shit. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to find myself something to do that doesn’t waste my time.”

    Story 10

    “Fuck you and this assignment,” said the student with a scowl, “you have any idea how hard it was to stick to just one sentence with some of these? I purposely failed on some and possibly made run on sentences with others. I hope you’re happy.”



    1. You can make blog posts rather then comments if you want to. If you don’t know how, let me know and I’ll give you a run down. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Story 10: Priceless โค
      I think the one that grabbed me the most was #1


      1. Oddly, the line from #1 has been running around in my head for quite awhile. Always some weird pseudo western scene with Thomas and Rhae in it. I’ve never gotten around to go anywhere with it though, but I’ve always thought that if I wrote a story starring him that’s how I would open it.


    2. Hey Toadie, I made this into a post so that it would link to you as an author ๐Ÿ™‚ But I am leaving it here because I can’t move the comments with it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ or at least I can’t figure out how to if it can be done ๐Ÿ˜›


    1. I think Stephen King addresses it best when he talks about how the first line establishes your voice to the reader more than anything else.


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