2020 Writing Exercise Series #208: First Line Bonanza 7

The Notebooking Daily 2020 Writing Series is a daily writing exercises for both prose writers and poets to keep your creative mind stretched and ready to go—fresh for your other writing endeavors. The writing prompts take the impetus—that initial crystal of creation—out of your hands (for the most part) and changes your writing creation into creative problem solving. Instead of being preoccupied with the question "What do I write" you are instead pondering "How do I make this work?" And in the process you are producing new writing.

These exercises are not meant to be a standard writing session. They are meant to be productive and to keep your brain thinking about using language to solve simple or complex problems. The worst thing you can do is sit there inactive. It's like taking a 5 minute breather in the middle of a spin class—the point is to push, to produce something, however imperfect. If you don't overthink them, you will be able to complete all of the exercises in under 30 minutes.

First Line Bonanza 7

For today's writing exercise write a piece that begins with one of the following first lines.

  1. They say that a third of the stars fell from the sky that night.
  2. The overfilled water balloon burst in my hand.
  3. As the dog whined for a treat, she searched for the remote between couch cushions.
  4. Rain pocked the dusty table.
  5. He kicked open the stall door with more force than he'd intended.


Bonus Exercise: You must include a paragraph which is four sentences long, only one of them may be more than four words long.

If you'd like some background music to write to, try this mix of harmonica-forward blues. You didn't know you needed it, but now you do!