Sometimes I need a little push of inspiration before beginning or continuing any short story. Brainstorming a line or two that I want in the story sometimes does the trick.
What line should the story begin with? What line should the story revolve around? Which sentence should complete the story or leave it on a cliff-hanger? If this is something you struggle with too, take this challenge to use one or two (or all) of these lines somewhere in your story:
1. “She slowly opened the door, but what she saw on the other side made her stop.”
5. “So many people…if only they knew.”
7. “My heart pounded faster against my chest as I approached it.”
10. “A wave of shock swept over her as she observed the crimson stains on her own hands.”