10 Ways to Write A First Sentence of A Story

Writer’s Digest frequently holds a  Special Writing Prompt Session.  This month it’s to write the opening sentence to a story based on the picture below.  The sentence limit is 35 words.


10 winners will be chosen by the staff of Writer’s Digest and receive publication in the September 2010 issue. The deadline for this contest is May 14, 2010.

Here are my pending entries…can you do better?

1. It’s either my way or the high way darling, it’s your choice,” John said to Jenny, “But I’m only waiting ten more minutes.”

2. Johnny could think of ten logical reasons why he should let Luann get on that bus, but none of them came to mind.

3.For the ten minutes Amy Jackson stood by herself, she couldn’t help remember what mother always told her to never let your man’s mind wander – it’s too little to be out alone.

4. The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years–even in Biblical times, men wouldn’t ask for directions, Luann Delany thought after ten days of wandering around.

5. It ten o’ clock on a warm summere morning when Jack and Diane learned the pigs can really fly.

6. For the last ten minutes while Francine jumped out the car, Jimmy reckoned, “You’re awful pretty when you get mad.” was the last thing he should’ve said.

7. Sam was distracted by the ten cows that walked towards him and Mary who got out the car in a tissy fit. ” Hey buddy, can you keep it down.”

8.Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.and number ten on Parne’s list  is never tell an angry woman that she’s pretty.

9. As Peggy Johnson issued Nate Cork her tenth ultimatum, Nate remembered that silence is sometimes the best answer.

10. “This is where you get off,” Quincy Parker said, stopping the car at Interstate 10 junction, “It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.”



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