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Take a few minutes and write down five to ten opening sentences. Just write anything off the top of your head: "As soon as he walked into the room, he knew his life was about to change forever." "I would do anything-absolutely anything-for a hot fudge sundae right now." Whatever.

Choose one of your own openings to write about, or put them all into a hat and draw. Then take about 15 minutes to write (you don't have to get a whole story down, just write until the time is up). Take a few minutes to read over what you've done and see if it's going somewhere, then do another 15 minutes; could be a rewrite, a continuation, or a new tangent based on something in the first bit. Repeat. Do the write/read sequence at least three times-four or more if you have time-and try to end up with a story.


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