- Confession: ________.
- If I ever have kids, _____
- There are two kinds of people in this world: ______________.
- Consider this: ________.
- Here’s a fact: ________.
- Fun fact: ________.
- I keep forgetting ________.
- The topic of ________ has always meant ________ to most people. To me, though, it’s meant ________.
- The day/night I lost my virginity/heard my first Beatles song/learned to skip, ________.
- Let’s get this out of the way: ________.
- If there is one thing I know from ________, it is this: ________.
- ________ sucks.
- ________ blows.
- ________ always makes me cry.
- Yesterday I had a conversation with X. about _________ .
- I’ve always _______. Ever since ____, I ____.
- Names are ______. Or maybe ______.
- It is a truth universally acknowledged ______. (Lifted from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”)
- Call me _______. (Lifted from Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: “Call me Ishmael.”)
- There are people who can _______. I am not one of them. (Lifted from Cornelia Read’s A Field of Darkness: “There are people who can be happy anywhere. I am not one of them.”)
Bonus Opening Sentences
Happy _________ are __________; every unhappy _________ is _________. (Lifted from Leo Tolstoy’s Anne Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Something I never told you/anyone: __________. (Mike Perrota)
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is___________. (Lifted from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye)
In the early _______, ________ was considered to be _________, and it wasn’t until __________ that ____________ began to be associated with __________. (Robin J. Morrison)
Listen:_________. (Robin J. Morrison)
Did you really think I would ______________? (Frances Cortez O’Connor)
Great Opening Sentences [link]
American Book Review’s 100 Best First Lines from Novels [link]