Writing Exercise: Random First Sentence

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Feature | 0 comments

There are plenty of websites that generate different kinds of prompts but we’ve all had the list of nouns thrown at us too many times. Sure, they can spark a great story but I have a different idea. Let’s generate a random first sentence. Starting a story is one of the hardest things to do so it’d be nice if we could find a way to have the first sentence already on the page. Let’s try it.

You know that game where you get a group of friends together and you each say one word after the person next to you till you make a story? Play the game and write down the first sentence or the first few sentences you guys come up with. Then if you want you can all brain storm ideas for the rest of the story or you can thank your friends and write the rest on your own. I haven’t actually tried this before so let me know how it goes.

Another way to generate a random first sentence is the to grab the book nearest you and open it up to a random page. Take the first sentence of one of the paragraphs in the two pages in front of you and use one of those as your starter. And of course, feel free to change any names that are in these sentences.

And finally, you can always use the internet. The internet is really a wondrously vast place. http://writingexercises.co.uk/firstlinegenerator.php AND http://writingfix.com/right_brain/Story_Starting_Sentences1.htm are some links to two websites that can generate a starting line for you. Just click on the giant green button. You may go ahead and use some of the lines that came up for me:

  • Spider threads caught at her face, a sign that no-one had been there yet
  • She went to the toilet and on her way back, opened the wrong door
  • They say everyone who looks into their family history will find a secret sooner or later
  • The footprints in the snow suddenly ended.
  • The dusty, old book was sitting there, just begging to be read.

Here are some line generators for poetry: https://web.njit.edu/~ronkowit/poetsonline/generator.html AND http://www.poemofquotes.com/tools/line-generator.php

Using these lines for poetry seems harder to me using them for fiction but go ahead and give it a go. Use the links for poetry or fiction. These are some lines that came up for me:

  • Amongst the shadows of questioning the leaves breathe,
  • Beyond this moment of harmony the young ones rejoice,
  • Blood dripping from the lustful sword,
  • Romance fades only as time fades

Once you finish your piece, you can submit it to Kayla (kayla@aywi.org) and she may post it on the AYWI website! I can’t to wait to see what you all come up with.

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