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11 effective ways to start a sentence

Creative and Powerful Sentence Starters

 

I recommend adding variety and style to your sentences. It’s best to keep these in mind when you’re writing the draft, but if you notice the same types of sentences repeatedly when editing your story, that works too.

 

 

  1. Use an infinitive phrase: To improve her writing, Carissa will read Grammar and Writing for Creators.

 

  1. Use a prepositional phrase: After feeling embarrassed yet again, Carissa has decided to buy a grammar book to help her improve her writing.

 

  1. Use a participial phrase: Tired of being a weak writer, Carissa has decided to read a grammar book to improve her writing.

 

  1. Use parallelism Unsatisfied with being a lousy writer, distraught with the criticism of her recent report, and frustrated with the errors in her everyday writing, Carissa has decided to buy a grammar book to help her improve her writing.

 

  1. Use a truncated clause: While busy, she’ll find the time to read the entire book.

This is great to use especially after a longer, more complex sentence like my parallelism example.

 

  1. Use a noun appositive: Acting superstar Carissa plans to read a grammar book to improve her writing, as she prepares to write her memoir.

 

  1. Use a noun absolute: A lady determined; Carissa will buy a grammar book to improve her writing.

 

  1. Use an adverbial phrase: Swiftly, resolutely, and fastidiously, Carissa will study to improve her writing.

 

  1. Use “pre-adjectival fragments: Embarrassed. Determined. Self-Motivated. Carissa has decided to improve her writing, starting today. Or forgo the fragments and do this: Embarrassed, determined, self-motivated—Carissa has decided to improve her writing, starting today.

 

  1. Start with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, for, yet, so, and nor): Carissa knows her writing needs help and plans to work on it soon. But she is not sure which grammar book to get.

Note: You don’t always have to use a comma after the coordinating conjunction at the beginning of the sentence. But I (and your book editor) will probably prefer you keep it consistent.

 

  1. Start with a correlative conjunction (neither … nor, either … or, not only … but/also, etc.): Either she will improve now, or she will remain a weak writer. Neither her busy schedule nor her disheveled persona will prevent her from improving her writing this time. Carissa decided to not only study hard, but also practice daily to make sure she is grasping the important topics.
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