Join this GROUP WRITING PROMPT – an example of exercise 101
This is one of my favourite exercises. It always works.
All you have to do is go to page 101 of a novel selected at random and find the first sentence that doesn’t mention a name or a place or a detail that nails you down to a particular era. That sentence now become your first line.
I got this one from Joseph Heller’s Good As Gold. All you have to do is carry on. You can write as much as you like, but you can’t have another go until someone else chips in. (I might also contribute from time to time because it is so hard to resist.)