By N. Bright
Glorious words and unique descriptions inspire me to work harder on my own stories. Next time you’re out enjoying a latte, wander into your favorite section of the bookstore and read the first two paragraphs only of randomly selected novels. Great story beginnings can be very inspirational. If you come across a few that blow you away, jot one or two first sentences down in your idea notebook (You do have pen and paper in your pocket or purse, right? I use the notepad on my iPhone a lot too.)
Finding Inspiration in Beginnings
Since I write for children, here are a few of my favorite beginnings in books for kids.
humor (+ element of sound effects)
“On the morning of the best day of her life, Maud Flynn was locked in the outhouse, singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
“The road that led to Treegap had been trod out long before by a herd of cows who were, to say the least, relaxed. It wandered along in curves and easy angles, swayed off and up in a pleasant tangent to the top of a small hill, ambled down again, between fringes of bee-hung clover, and then cut sidewise across a meadow.”
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
“Princess Quinn of the underground Kingdom of Mandria steadied herself as she balanced upon a footstool in the circle of light directly below the wishing pool.”
Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan
“Phut Phat knew, at an early age, that humans were an inferior breed. They were unable to see in the dark. They ate and drank unthinkable concoctions.”
Phut Phat Concentrates by Lilian Jackson Braun
“In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark. The only light came from great flood lamps mounted on the buildings and at the tops of poles in the middle of the square.”
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
“Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true.”
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
in the middle of things
“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” (+ element of dialogue)
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
What motives you to keep writing and submitting, despite the rejection and bad reviews? We’d love to hear from you, too.
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