Sure, we writers have to do a lot to “sell” our work—but that doesn’t discount the power of the first sentence. The first set of words in your work determines if a potential reader will invest in you art or click away.
No pressure, right? Right. Lets have some fun with this.
This post is the first in a long series of “Writing Dares” meant to challenge you or (at least) encourage you to have some fun. I’ll present a dare every other week and then you complete it. But remember: you have to stick to the rules.
(If you’re a regular to my blog, you’d know that I post “Freewriting” prompts every so often. “Writing Dares” are not like my “Freewriting” prompts. These are for folks who want a little challenge.)
Your goal is to construct five sentences that captures each of these emotions:
- Write one sentence for each emotion.
- Your sentences can be no longer than 12 words.
- Tell me how it went for you in the comments.
- Post them on your blog or online space with a link to this post (optional)
Need inspiration? Here’s some short first sentences from the authors in my Kindle library.
Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley:
“There was something cathartic about wielding a crowbar.”
Ash by Jason Brant:
“I couldn’t get the blood off my hands.”
Strange Magic by James A. Hunter
“The piano keys bobbed and danced under the pressure of my fingers.”
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Okay, that’s it. Later! 🙂
3 Replies to “Writing Dare #1: Make ‘Em Feel Something in One (short) Sentence”
WOW! I am very excited that you are back with more prompts. It’s good to have you back….
Here is my first-line dare….”It’s over… she let the arrow fly into the prince’s heart.”
Thanks and no problem.
Oooh, nice first line! Which emotion was that for? 🙂
Revenge in this case!