99 Starter Sentences


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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's 99 sentences to get you thinking and 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 is 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 cafe' for my latte' and a glimpse at 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.
  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 terroristic 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.
  21. A hostage situation at a bank was not how I wanted to spend my morning.
  22. It has been weeks since I received communication from my brother in Iraq.
  23. The cemetary was rather quiet on my annual visit.
  24. Amy wasn't too adament 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, 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 ally behind Alfonzo's Pizzeria.
  30. Tyler has been out all night and there was no sign of him arriving anytime soon.
  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.
  41. Ann hadn't been out with the opposite sex in over 5 years, so she agreed to go on the 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 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 cellphone.
  50. The photographer yelled for me to get on the set of my first photo shoot.
  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 me and the girls 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. 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.
  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, an urgent call came through.
  65. There was no real explanation for Anthony's new found 'talent'.
  66. Lights filled the sky atop the houses.
  67. Samantha left a note for Justin each morning bt 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 the she loved him more than her own husband?
  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.
  81. There was an eerie smile on Cathy's face as she relinquished all her assets to her soon-to-be ex in court.
  82. Behind closed doors Aaron wasn't the hard ass everyone thought he was.
  83. For months Vivian cried herself to sleep.
  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 night stand.
  90. France was a beautiful place this time of year.
  91. We shared our first kiss under the cherry blossom tree.
  92. This corruption case was 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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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

terrific great different hub work thanks

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TrinaLynne 6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa Author

You are quite welcome. Thanks for reading.

Peace & Blessings

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Lady_E 6 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. :)

bhaSAWSAFW 5 years ago

what the

anonymous 2 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."

anonymous 2 years ago

really good help I used 85

LolTron 18 months ago

Boom boom

Hmb 17 months ago

Not helpful at all for my topic

Cherry 16 months 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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TrinaLynne 12 months ago from Philadelphia, Pa Author

What are the odds

Kamaraju64 10 months 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.

HANA 8 months ago

these are graet

JRay 7 months ago

Yeah they are.

John 3 months ago

these are sooooo helpful shot mate

Nurusha 2 months ago

Amazing helped a lot thank you

Makia 2 months ago

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

#YoungAvengers 2 months ago

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

QuicksilverRules 2 months 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.

IcePop 2 months ago

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

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