Writing is like playing. You’re slouched on the couch, bored. You can’t figure out what to do next. Get up, go where your writing tools are, pick a word and start. Make a choice, pick a color. Just start. Write another word. Another. Somehow a sentence appears, then another. Start and something will happen.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “start” or on some topic suggested by the photo.


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “Start”

  1. “Okay, so, where do I start?”
    The thumb of the right hand kept grinding the tobacco mixture in the palm of the left hand.
    “Start from the beginning.Ekdum shuru se.”(right at the start)
    Eager faces crowded around, a mild pushing and shoving ensued.Pandeyji did not pay much attention. He was used to fan following amongst the younger generation.
    The older generation , hmmm, they were different. They viewed him as a no-good waster of time , and teller of silly ghost-stories.
    Pandeyji shook his head.
    “There was an old man .”
    “And then he died .”Piped in a squeaky eager adolescent voice. Pandeyji looked in abject disgust at the interruptor. All eyes turned towards him, censuring the speaker into silence.
    “Who lived alone in a hut…” Pandeyji held forth, and his audience lapped up , in pindrop silence..

  2. Start the project in order to give yourself an opportunity to complete it. This is what I have uttered to myself when feeling the urge to write or take on anything worthwhile. Sometimes the start is the part that poses the biggest mental challenge. You can’t finish without starting.

  3. The start of a new day always promises hope. It’s a blessing waking up to a new morning, a new day, a new beginning. For many of us, it will be a day of accomplishments and undertakings; for others, it will be a day of blissful inactivity. Anyway, whatever one decides to do, there will always be a starting point.

  4. In order to get somewhere, what do you need to do? You have to START! Just start. Sometimes no planning is needed, and it can even hinder you. Just jump right in and start the process. You will be glad you did! Start at the beginning and see where you go!

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