Sometimes, when you’re reading a novel, a certainly sentence will stick out to you. Whether it is because of its content, or its structure, or simply the way it sounds when you read it, we all fall in love with sentences from time to time.
Occasionally I will come across a sentence that I fall in love with because I feel it would be a perfect first line. Such sentences are usually short, bold, shocking, hard-hitting, and visual.
I came across a sentence like this when reading Stephen King’s brilliant Under The Dome.
“The explosion was white and all-encompassing.”
This has all the hallmarks of the perfect opening sentence. It raises questions, it establishes tone, it’s simple and to the point. Taking this as a first line, it would start your story off with a bang. Literally. I can imagine writing about what comes next, as your story reveals the reasons behind the explosion and the damage it goes on to cause.
Your Non-Visual Writing Prompt
When you’re reading, why not record these sentences that stand out to you? After a while you will have built up a collection of not only great examples of how to write a sentence, but a collection of writing prompts.
Pick one, and open your writing software of choice. Write down that sentence, and then keep writing.