First Sentences

So, you have your story idea and you open a new word document to start writing. There is excitement going through you as you put fingers to keyboard. Then a strange thing happens. You’re mind goes blank. You have utterly no idea how to start the great story that is swelling up in your head.

This is a common problem. Getting the perfect first sentence to flow on to the page and hook your readers into never putting the story down. This sentence should be poetic, interesting, and memorable. The type of first sentence that people will quote centuries down the road. And if you can write that on your first draft you are doing better than the rest of us.

To combat the mind going blank the first thing you should do is relax. You will not come up with that perfect sentence in the first draft unless it was your idea to begin with. Let yourself make mistakes. Just write down your first thought and go from there. Don’t expect that the first draft will be perfect, because rewriting and revising are what makes a story perfect.

Sometimes you can’t even start at the beginning of the story. Think about your idea for a few minutes. Where is it in the story? Do you know what the ending is, but not quite sure how it started? Then write the section at the end and work your way to the beginning. Nothing says you have to write it in order.

So, relax and think about it. You aren’t taking a test, you have the time and resources to write the story.


About heathersdomain

I'm B. Heather Mantler. I have been a writer for most of my life, with my primary focus being novels. In 2010 I learned how to finish a book through NaNoWriMo and have since used NaNoWriMo sessions (November and Camp) to write my fantasy series The Kings of Proster. I also have other novels out; Committed to Her Enemy, Chenarcor, Princess or Pirate, and A Thief In Search of a Baby. I've always got another book on the go. You can find me on Twitter under B. Heather Mantler. Also if you have any suggestions, or things you want to me to write about, send me an e-mail at To help me out financially:

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