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Picture Prompts

Use one these images to write a story. You may wish to use some of the given vocabulary in your story. Don't forget to consider the following:

  • An engaging opening to hook the reader.
  • Vary your sentence openers EG. adverbs and adverbial phrases.
  • Create complex sentences by using subordinating conjunctions and relative clauses.
  • Include simple sentences for effect.
  • Include direct speech.
  • Include descriptive detail.
  • Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification.
  • Include a range of punctuation.

Story Openers

Use one of these openers to write a story:


  • Sam woke with a start. He lay in the darkness and listened. What had woken him?


  • Kim could feel her heart racing as she stared at herself in the mirror. 


  • "Surprise!" They cried, leaping out from behind the door.


  • With a sudden rush of panic, I realised that I had no idea where I was!

How to Write a Story Opening | Creative Writing Tips

We hope these creative writing tips were helpful and gave you some good ideas on how to write a story opening. If you'd like to use the PowerPoint featured in this video it can be downloaded from the Twinkl website: Writing the first line of a story can be intimidating sometimes, but hopefully, this creative writing advice will give you some ideas on where to get started and write the first line of a story.