99 Starter Sentences for Writing Stories

Updated on March 27, 2020
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Discover a ton of good starter sentences to inspire your writing.
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Have you ever found yourself stuck while writing? Happens to us all, right? Sometimes, all you need is a sentence to get your creative juices flowing again. Here are 99 sentences to get you thinking and get you writing.

99 Good Sentences to Get You Writing

1. The summer breeze brushed past my sundress as I walked down the lane.

2. The professor always made me feel awkward with his crazy inventions, and this time was no different.

3. Rosaline never knew what hit her.

4. By the time I reached the train station, she was gone.

5. There was a time when my family was extremely happy.

6. Every morning, I walked to the café for my latte and a glimpse of him.

7. There was a secret meeting tonight, and I had to be there.

8. David had asked me to meet him at the corner bakery.

9. The night sky was full of stars but no moon.

10. Lately, Marlene felt that there was something missing from her life.

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11. Jessica and Caitlin had a secret that no person could ever find out.

12. The gaming convention was full of people, and there was a terrorist threat.

13. Lady Luck was always on my side at the casinos.

14. I had to stay with my aunts for a while because Mom had a new suitor.

15. The lights and sounds of the big city have always excited me.

16. Every time I heard the ice cream truck, it reminded me of home.

17. The melody of the music box soothed me.

18. The subway stopped suddenly inside the tunnel.

19. Shopping is what I call my number 1 hobby.

20. The internship was about to start, but I was far from excited.

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21. The cemetery was rather quiet on my annual visit.

22. It has been weeks since I received communication from my brother in Iraq.

23. A hostage situation at a bank was not how I wanted to spend my morning.

24. Amy wasn't too adamant to go to her uncle's will reading.

25. Walking down the long corridor, John had no clue what his boss could want.

26. Tara was hesitant to open the hotel room door, scared of what she may find.

27. Every time I pulled, the ropes seemed to get tighter around my wrists.

28. The crash just happened, and no one saw it coming.

29. Shadows surrounded Clayton as he walked down the alley behind Alfonzo's Pizzeria.

30. Tyler had been out all night, and there was no sign of him arriving anytime soon.

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31. Flowers came to my house every other Monday around 1 o'clock.

32. The nurse's station was buzzing as the bomb victims poured in.

33. She had been watching her neighbor's house for weeks with no evidence of the abuse.

34. Nathan had been the only man I had ever slept with.

35. The rain got harder as Tina walked alone in tears.

36. The memories flooded back as I looked through the photo album.

37. My clothes were completely ripped up, and I had to go onstage in twenty minutes.

38. April will forever be our favorite month.

39. Eleven blocks was a long way to run, but there was so much traffic, and time was running out.

40. It was all over the Internet before I got a chance to explain things.

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41. Ann hadn't been out with the opposite sex in over 5 years, so she agreed to go on a blind date.

42. The caller said if I dropped the money off at 3 p.m., he would let my kids go.

43. The heat of his breath lingered on my neck.

44. Angel and her friends waited backstage for a chance to meet a famous rapper.

45. My fear would be hard to conquer, but I had to do it if I wanted peace.

46. The dreams were recurring—and frightening, to say the least.

47. The house shook as if some powerful wind had gone by.

48. Elana had been waiting for this audition to show that she had what it took to be a dancer.

49. Stephanie dragged her luggage up the stairs of the Bed & Breakfast while Terrence talked business on his cell phone.

50. The photographer yelled for me to get on the set of my first photo shoot.

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51. Every time the clock struck 11, the house got dark for five minutes.

52. No matter who I was with, I just couldn't stop cheating.

53. Our 10-year class reunion was right around the corner.

54. When Allan arrived home, there were 42 messages on his answering machine.

55. A road trip is exactly what the girls and I need.

56. At 3 in the morning, we were still on the phone.

57. All the nuns at the orphanage were ruthless, except for Sister Francis.

58. It was my first pitch in the majors, and I was ecstatic.

59. The music slowed, and we were left on the dance floor.

60. Every time I turned around, there was someone trying to stop my progress.

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61. Life has just seemed to pass me by, but I really want to make a mark.

62. Having desires was always Trent's downfall.

63. One of the biggest secrets of my life was on the 10 o'clock news.

64. No sooner did our romantic evening start than an urgent call came through.

65. There was no real explanation for Anthony's newfound "talent."

66. Lights filled the sky atop the houses.

67. Samantha left a note for Justin each morning, but he would never tell anyone what they said.

68. Twenty-two hours of labor and the baby still hadn't come.

69. Emily missed her best friend dearly, but she knew they couldn't see each other.

70. Could it be possible that she loved him more than her own husband?

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71. Each time Nora picked up her phone, she placed it right back down on the cradle.

72. David couldn't think of anything but his missing little sister.

73. I never believed in having a therapist for life's problems.

74. Working in a novelty store had to be the coolest and most interesting job ever.

75. My mother could never be happy for me.

76. The surgery was already scheduled, and all I had to do was show up.

77. Vladimir hated showing his emotions for fear of backlash from his father.

78. The roller coaster stopped upside down with dozens of passengers on board.

79. A quiet evening on the beach would set the mood perfectly to break the news.

80. Whenever Heather wanted to be alone, she traveled to the observatory.

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81. For months, Vivian cried herself to sleep.

82. Behind closed doors, Aaron wasn't the hard-ass everyone thought he was.

83. There was an eerie smile on Cathy's face as she relinquished all her assets to her soon-to-be ex in court.

84. Nerds were not the only game testers at Finger Works Inc.

85. I was amazed to see that my grandma had planted so many flowers.

86. We were supposed to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 p.m.

87. Discouraged and tired, they ended the search for Patricia.

88. Onlookers watched in horror as the plane exploded as soon as it hit the runway.

89. The pills seemed to call her as she stared at the medicine bottle on the nightstand.

90. France was a beautiful place this time of year.

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91. We shared our first kiss under the cherry blossom tree.

92. This corruption case is the biggest one the city has ever seen.

93. Donna promised revenge on everyone that was in the conference room this morning.

94. Bouquets of flowers filled my living and dining rooms, but how did they get in here?

95. Ginger spent each Thursday evening taking salsa lessons.

96. Owen spent months planning the perfect vacation, and now this happened.

97. Mustafa was forced to live in exile.

98. Lance looked everywhere for the files, but they were nowhere to be found.

99. Each morning, I wake up with him on my mind and pain in my heart.

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  • Do you have any sentence starters about a room?

    The room was silent even though there were dozens of people inside.

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    You start at the beginning and write until you're finished. You can use the sentences in this article to get started.


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      Wing Li 

      3 weeks ago

      thx so much!!

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      2 months ago

      Helped a lot thx xx

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      3 months ago

      I need some. Starters sentence

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      Butterfly Angel 

      4 months ago

      What are some morning passage sentence starters?

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      5 months ago

      give more information :(:(

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      Logan Crawford 

      5 months ago

      This website is great for school projects and other needs

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      6 months ago

      I'm looking to write a fantasy story but I am stuck on it. I find that following the structure of other books helps me as well as generators and things like that me this

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      sex tape 

      6 months ago

      trina thx so much

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      7 months ago

      If any of you know the Wings of Fire series, I am looking to to write a series like that. I already have the world planned out, but i'm stuck on the first part!

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      10 months ago

      i love all

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      11 months ago

      love it becuase I am a parent and a teacher

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      12 months ago

      Very helpful.

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      Eibhear Pepito Eret 

      14 months ago

      Um I am slow at the english language i think this deserve good view

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      james scott 

      16 months ago

      it some good opening

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      16 months ago

      yer maw sells avon, think that should be added xx

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      16 months ago

      Not bad, I'm looking for more of romance, but not the cheesy ones like Twilight.

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      17 months ago

      The 5th one was extremely good

      And I am so happy

      Thank u

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      17 months ago

      Thanks a lot it helped me a lot

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      18 months ago

      Wow... really healped. Thank you!

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      Bangtan Sonyeondan 

      18 months ago

      This was so helpful, thank you. I'm a starting writer-only 12-and this is by far the most beneficial site I have discovered thus far. After all, the hook of a story is one of the most important parts of a book, in my humble opinion. Thanks again.

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      mr scuppie 

      19 months ago

      my mind flooded with thoughts and it felt as if they replaced the little hope i had left in finding you.

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      Dean Winchester 

      19 months ago

      Thanks so much, unlike what millie was saying this was very helpful.

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      19 months ago

      This was great, thanks so much. A few more here if you'd like, free to use.

      1. The weather was beautiful when Alyssa's life changed, forever.

      2. The only sound Dean could hear was the sound of his own heartbeat pounding in his ears.

      3. As Joshua ran in search for his best friend, a part of him knew finding Jason was a hopeless case.

      4. They blamed it on the alcohol, but both of them knew it wasn't true.

      5. Maddi was more than used to faking a smile.

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      19 months ago

      not there heplful

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      19 months ago

      Sup G

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      19 months ago

      I looked at some of these I'm 12 I'm starting to write my own

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      20 months ago

      This is very helpful thank you!

      I didn't know what to write about or what to start the sentence of and I was flustered! but thanks to the 1st starter sentence I can finally finish my deadline. :)

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      20 months ago

      Thank you

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      20 months ago

      I had fun

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      23 months ago

      I woke up

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      Arissa Sur 

      23 months ago

      The summer breeze brushed past my sundress as I walked down the lane.

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      23 months ago

      She had a sickly sweet perfume on and her makeup covered her every blemish.The she-the girl I hate- started crying

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      2 years ago

      I ran.I looked behind me.She was still following me.

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      2 years ago

      i wanted to star a scary story

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      2 years ago

      I don't find something good

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      2 years ago

      Didn't find this useful...

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      Just Curious!! 

      2 years ago

      How do you start a summer vacation story.

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      BTS ARMY 

      2 years ago

      "____, you may now state your case.."

      "Something caught the corner of her eye, and she swung her head over to the direction to find him...drenched from the heavily pouring rain."

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      2 years ago

      I don't think this was very helpful for when trying to start stories in the first paragraph.

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      2 years ago

      How would you start a summer story ?

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      2 years ago

      1.Due to heavy rain semester exams are postpone to next week

      2.I want to become a doctor

      3.Tajmahal is a famous tourist place in agra

      4.Rita is an intelligent girl

      5.sheela bought the mangos

      6.sheela sing melodiously

      7.sara writes diary

      8.Revathi was very arrogant

      9.she is a doctor

      10.way of talking identifies a man

      11.she was confused whether ghost is real or not

      12.My dad is a nature lover

      13. I wanna gain my weight

      14. Children likes to play in the park

      15.I used to watch movie often

      16.It was a beautiful morning

      Can u form a story with the sentence given above

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      Katie Matson 

      2 years ago

      I need a good starter for steak and kidney pie but this does not have one of them. I need help please.

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      2 years ago

      Very good for writing my detailed description for home work

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      2 years ago

      It Is cool

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      Asha McNeair 

      2 years ago

      There is a lot of good story starters you should try them :)

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      2 years ago

      these her helpful as I could put my on tist on each sentence

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      2 years ago

      is there story sentences about kung fu?

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      Veronica Lodge 

      2 years ago

      This is perfect to make daddy proud! He will finally think I'm worthy enough to work for him!

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      James Bond 

      2 years ago

      Excellent! This is perfect reference material for my story I am currently working on. Thank you for posting this. :)

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      2 years ago

      this list was very helpful for me because I want to be an author someday,hopefully i'll get there

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      2 years ago

      Thank you so much for posting this! I am writing a story for my 6th Grade L.A. Class and I have often looked back to this through out the course of the year! This has helped me a lot!!!

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      Jenny Bee 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely list! I picked out three sentences that spoke to me and my style of writing (apocalyptic narrative). I look forward to watching the stories unfold!

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      3 years ago

      I got one: I finally got the letter but just as I walked into my home... Good?

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      3 years ago

      Ohhhh! That's a good one! I actually had a dream about a resort! That is so weird!

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      3 years ago

      Like da prompts. Sometimes if I have a dream and recall parts of it I will use that in a story. For example, if you dream you're at a resort, perhaps base your story around a resort.

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      3 years ago

      I like these prompts! What would be good names for a teenaged female protagonist? I always seem to use Alicia or Artemis.

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      3 years ago

      Thank you so much! :) I plan on using #43 in my novel. Maybe changed up a little bit to fit my plot, though.

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      3 years ago

      Amazing helped a lot thank you

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      3 years ago

      these are sooooo helpful shot mate

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      4 years ago

      Yeah they are.

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      4 years ago

      these are graet

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      Kamaraju Pulugurtha 

      4 years ago from Khammam, India.

      At a glance, the sentences are fit material for the practice of the students of ESL, though I have a strong feeling that any generalization is not possible, showing them as starters. Writing is an issue of Creativity and we can't all be similar. We however can accept guidelines from Seniors in the Profession.

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      Trina Lynne 

      4 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      What are the odds Cherry......lol.

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      4 years ago

      Oh my God. 97 is everything! I have a friend named Mustafa who immigrated to Germany and is now living all by himself! Haha, what are the odds!

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      4 years ago

      Not helpful at all for my topic

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      4 years ago

      Boom boom

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      6 years ago

      really good help I used 85

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      6 years ago

      Where it says: me and the girls needed, it annoys the hell out of me when things are grammatically incorrect.

      It should say, "The girls and I needed."

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      9 years ago

      what the

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent - I enjoyed it. I teach English as a Second language and will definitely refer to this again. Very useful. :)

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      Trina Lynne 

      9 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      You are quite welcome. Thanks for reading.

      Peace & Blessings

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      9 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific great different hub work thanks


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