Writing Prompts! Don't you just love them.
Sometimes they are just what you need to get your creative juices flowing.
One of my favorite stories I have written started with a writing prompt.
The prompt was to pick up a book nearest you, open to the first page and write down the first sentence and go from there.
The book was Christy. I cheated a little, and changed the words just a smidgen, but it was the start of my manuscript titled, Lucy of Tupper's Hollow.
Below are some first lines from books laying in the clutter surrounding my computer desk.
Now most of you know I write children's books. So these first liners are all from children's books, which can be anything from a PB to YA. A few may be familiar to you.
1. I understood almost nothing about the woods until it was nearly too late.
2. "I'll take her now," said the large man with old-fashioned braces holding up stained trousers, and a greasy cap on his head.
3. Night winds, moaning around corners and whistling through cracks, dashed snow against the windows of the Mountain View Inn.
4. The tabby kitten hooked his white paws over the edge of the box marked, Kittens 25 cents or Best Offer.
5. You wouldn't think we'd have to leave Chicago to see a dead body.
6. As summer wheat came ripe, so did I, born at home, on the kitchen floor.
7. There was no lake at Camp Green Lake.
8. Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity - Good.
Now, just for fun let's start a story with one of these first sentences. All of my blogging friends can participate in this. You don't have to be a writer. Just pick one of the above sentences and in your comment add a few more to it to start your story. I'll be first.
Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity - Good. Uncle Joe's '34 Ford finally started. It sputtered down the bumpy road to the county fair. Aunt Lilly wrapped her arms around her patch quilt, cousin Sue held tight to her blackberry jelly and cousin George's pet pig squealed in his crate as it bounced sideways in the truck bed.
Okay now it is your turn. If you don't want to write a story starter, then tell which first sentence is your favorite.