You who’ve attended my writing workshops know that I’m a collector of writing prompts. Want prompts? I’ve got ‘em!

I just came across a new (to me) idea from Chris Brecheen. The instruction is to jump off and write from the first sentence of a book or a short story. I figure you can extend that to include the first sentence from anything.

Here are a few prompts you can try. I found them by selecting the first sentences from any writing currently within reach at my desk! I haven’t selected them for efficacy. Their randomness makes them more fruitful, in my opinion.

If you write something you like, please consider sharing it with me? Here goes:

From a property statement:
Rarely does such an attractive home come along in this sought after neighborhood.

From a poetry anthology:
The best contemporary poetry is life-affirming and directly relevant to all our lives.

From a writing book:
Everyone can tell a story.

From a memoir:
I wake up shivering.

From a self-help book:
Is your relationship on the rocks?

From a short-story collection:
“Oh, Jesus, this is wonderful.”

From a children’s book:
“It was a fine summer day, and after breakfast Frances said, “I am going to go play with Thelma.”

From a general contractor’s proposal:
This is the scope of work for this property.

From a blog post draft:
Someone said, “When you fall in a river, you’re no longer a fisherman; you’re a swimmer.”

Photo Credit: Christopher Jolly

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