Here are some sentences I humbly offer to help you on your way [If you use any of these sentences in your next great novel please give me credit.]:
“IF it weren’t for those damn squirrels! Now I was left to ponder, how would I get my toast out of the tree.”
Okay, that was two sentences, but just let it slide. Squirrels who steal toast aren’t for you? How about this gripping beginning:
“AS my car spun off the road, and all I could think was, “How did that Elk know my name?”
Okay, the idea of a talking elk doesn’t get you thinking (in which case I must ask, what is wrong with you?). But I’ll try something else. If you want a deeply emotional beginning that tugs at the heart string, how about this:
“I had to admit, I did love her. But could I live with her odd obsession to shoelaces?”
So you didn’t like the squirrels, the talking elk, or the shoelace obsessed girlfriend. Well, you sure are tough to please. But maybe these next few might help:
“AS I looked inside my freezer I wondered, “Did I pay the power bill this month?”
The drama is so thick it is almost smothering. Well did he!? I can’t bear not knowing.
“THE dog ran up to my car, today’s newspaper in his mouth. The only problem was, I wasn’t parked, I was driving down the interstate.”
Take that Underdog! You too Hong-Kong Fu-ee (or however you spell your name).
“THERE is a certain truth to the old cliche, you only live once.”
See, how’s that for deep thought?!
“AS I turned on the television, I stared blankly at the screen, wondering whether or not Oprah was going to talk about Barrack Obama today.”
Must see T.V.
“HEY,” I screamed at the intruder in my back yard, “Get out of my trash can bear!”
A hero threatening a wild beast- it doesn’t get better than that.
I repeat, if you use any of these sentences in your next great novel please give me credit. That is all I ask. And if you have time, let me know- in the comments section- which of these sentences you enjoyed the most. Or, please, leave your own favorite opening sentence(s) idea.