Story Starts - Summer Feast
FIRST SENTENCE of a story:
- Myron was afraid no one would recognize him.
- At the top of the stairs, Bob found the missing sock.
- I always thought that left-handed people had all the luck.
- Few people in our little town had ever heard of vengeance.
- My dad never knew much about small talk.
CRUCIAL SENTENCE (Remove this and you ruin the story.):
- Rita closed the book and smiled.
- Abbie winced.
- The map was exactly where I said it wouldn't be.
- Gone. The old letter was gone.
- Grandma reached over and patted my arm.
HEADLINES (Make up stories for these one-sentence wonders):
- Actress Learns to be Honest
- Santa Claus Arrested
- Love Letters Stolen
- Spy Learns a Bitter Lesson
- Surprise Guest at Castle
THREE THINGS for a children's story:
- watch, wizard, wisdom
- sour milk, stranded mouse, sudden misery
- teachers, tattlers, truth
- nurses, nerds, negligence
- gold coin, monkey's eyebrow, magic
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