What are your three favorite books? Those wonderful pieces of art that you open and new worlds unfold. Those books that can only be described by insisting “Read this, now.” Which books give you that high of placing yourself inside another dimension?
Open your three and read the first sentence of each. Using only the first sentence from each of your favorite books, write a new sentence (changing tense when needed). This sentence is the beginning of whatever you choose to write.
If you can’t choose three (I struggled for a bit), then rank your favorite books (if that is even possible) and take the first sentence out of each. Use every three books as a group for a sentence.
Your sentence doesn’t have to be long and complicated. Choose the story you want to tell and then use the three sentences to start it. Keeping some of the original phrases intact will help you to get started. Take the bits from each sentence that you envision leading into your story . Work with those bits until you get the first sentence.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: “It was 7 minutes after midnight.”
The Help: “Mae Mobley was born early on a early Sunday morning in August 1960.”
The Fault in Our Stars: “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.”
My Sentence: It was midnight, early Sunday morning, and I was free.