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Read the story openings below and decide on which you like the most. Then take
your favourite and use it to start your own piece of creative writing.
General
1. The glow of the city shone on the thunder clouds turning them to fire. Down below,
people scuttled here and there, desperate to get away.
This is the spiral opening, where description of the scene gradually pulls the reader
into the story.
2. I woke slowly, groggily. My head hurt…
This is an old favourite – the beginning of a story which could be of virtually any
genre.
Letters (epistolary)
This could form the opening of a series of letters from anyone who is far away from
their loved one. (You might choose a war time, prison, desert island, or even sci-fi
setting.)
4. Didn’t think you’d hear from me again, did you? Well, the laugh’s
on you…
Perhaps the start of a series of letters between a pair of enemies?
Diary openings
5. November 23rd
2163
Left the robots behind. Just me now. Can’t imagine ever seeing another
human.
A science fiction beginning for a series of diary entries.
3. My dearest beloved,
I miss you.
Engage your sleeping author!
© 2008 www.teachit.co.uk 11032 Page 2 of 2
Another diary suggestion, but with a historical angle, using a personal account of
being in the Great Fire of London.
And something different…
The narrator’s thoughts are in plain type and his/her deeds form separate italicised
paragraphs. This piece can be as sinister as your imagination!
6. September 3rd 1666
The fire is getting closer and I’m afraid. People say the whole of
London will burn in a week. Fate, my judgement, is calling. It’s
too late to get out.
7. The voices are getting louder. They’re real voices, I
know they are. I’m not imagining them.
Smashes fist into window sill.
Whatever I do, they keep talking. Babbling. Shrieking
and swearing, cackling like witches.

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Types of story openings

  • 1. Engage your sleeping author! © 2008 www.teachit.co.uk 11032 Page 1 of 2 Read the story openings below and decide on which you like the most. Then take your favourite and use it to start your own piece of creative writing. General 1. The glow of the city shone on the thunder clouds turning them to fire. Down below, people scuttled here and there, desperate to get away. This is the spiral opening, where description of the scene gradually pulls the reader into the story. 2. I woke slowly, groggily. My head hurt… This is an old favourite – the beginning of a story which could be of virtually any genre. Letters (epistolary) This could form the opening of a series of letters from anyone who is far away from their loved one. (You might choose a war time, prison, desert island, or even sci-fi setting.) 4. Didn’t think you’d hear from me again, did you? Well, the laugh’s on you… Perhaps the start of a series of letters between a pair of enemies? Diary openings 5. November 23rd 2163 Left the robots behind. Just me now. Can’t imagine ever seeing another human. A science fiction beginning for a series of diary entries. 3. My dearest beloved, I miss you.
  • 2. Engage your sleeping author! © 2008 www.teachit.co.uk 11032 Page 2 of 2 Another diary suggestion, but with a historical angle, using a personal account of being in the Great Fire of London. And something different… The narrator’s thoughts are in plain type and his/her deeds form separate italicised paragraphs. This piece can be as sinister as your imagination! 6. September 3rd 1666 The fire is getting closer and I’m afraid. People say the whole of London will burn in a week. Fate, my judgement, is calling. It’s too late to get out. 7. The voices are getting louder. They’re real voices, I know they are. I’m not imagining them. Smashes fist into window sill. Whatever I do, they keep talking. Babbling. Shrieking and swearing, cackling like witches.