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Funniest Story Essay Starters

Have you ever found yourself stuck while writing? Happens to us all, right?

Sometimes all you need is a sentence to get your creative juices flowing again.

Here's 99 sentences to get you thinking and get you writing.

  1. The summer breeze brushed past my sundress as I walked down the lane.
  2. The Professor always made me feel awkward with his crazy inventions, and this time is no different.
  3. Rosaline never knew what hit her.
  4. By the time I reached the train station, she was gone.
  5. There was a time when my family was extremely happy.
  6. Every morning I walked to the cafe' for my latte' and a glimpse at him.
  7. There was a secret meeting tonight and I had to be there.
  8. David had asked me to meet him at the corner bakery.
  9. The night sky was full of stars but no moon.
  10. Lately, Marlene felt that there was something missing from her life.
  11. Jessica and Caitlin had a secret that no person could ever find out.
  12. The gaming convention was full of people and there was a terroristic threat.
  13. Lady Luck was always on my side at the casinos.
  14. I had to stay with my aunts for a while because mom had a new suitor.
  15. The lights and sounds of the big city have always excited me.
  16. Every time I heard the ice cream truck it reminded me of home.
  17. The melody of the music box soothed me.
  18. The subway stopped suddenly inside the tunnel.
  19. Shopping is what I call my number 1 hobby.
  20. The internship was about to start, but I was far from excited.
  21. A hostage situation at a bank was not how I wanted to spend my morning.
  22. It has been weeks since I received communication from my brother in Iraq.
  23. The cemetary was rather quiet on my annual visit.
  24. Amy wasn't too adament to go to her uncle's Will reading.
  25. Walking down the long corridor John had no clue what his boss could want.
  26. Tara was hesitant to open the hotel room, scared of what she may find.
  27. Every time I pulled, the ropes seemed to get tighter around my wrists.
  28. The crash just happened and no one saw it coming.
  29. Shadows surrounded Clayton as he walked down the ally behind Alfonzo's Pizzeria.
  30. Tyler has been out all night and there was no sign of him arriving anytime soon.
  31. Flowers came to my house every other Monday around 1 o'clock.
  32. The nurse's station was buzzing as the bomb victims poured in.
  33. She had been watching her neighbor's house for weeks with no evidence of the abuse.
  34. Nathan had been the only man I had ever slept with.
  35. The rain got harder as Tina walked alone in tears.
  36. The memories flooded back as I looked through the photo album.
  37. My clothes were completely ripped up and I had to go onstage in twenty minutes.
  38. April will forever be our favorite month.
  39. Eleven blocks was a long way to run, but there was so much traffic and time was running out.
  40. It was all over the Internet before I got a chance to explain things.
  41. Ann hadn't been out with the opposite sex in over 5 years, so she agreed to go on the blind date.
  42. The caller said if I dropped the money off at 3 p.m. he would let my kids go.
  43. The heat of his breath lingered on my neck.
  44. Angel and her friends waited backstage for a chance to meet a famous rapper.
  45. My fear would be hard to conquer but I had to do it if I wanted peace.
  46. The dreams were recurring and frightening to say the least.
  47. The house shook as if some powerful wind had gone by.
  48. Elana had been waiting for this audition to show she had what it took to be a dancer.
  49. Stephanie dragged her luggage up the stairs of the Bed & Breakfast while Terrence talked business on his cellphone.
  50. The photographer yelled for me to get on the set of my first photo shoot.
  51. Every time the clock struck 11 the house got dark for five minutes.
  52. No matter who I was with I just couldn't stop cheating.
  53. Our 10 year class reunion was right around the corner.
  54. When Allan arrived home there were 42 messages on his answering machine.
  55. A road trip is exactly what me and the girls need.
  56. At 3 in the morning we were still on the phone.
  57. All the nuns at the orphanage were ruthless except for Sister Francis.
  58. My first pitch in the majors and I was ecstatic.
  59. The music slowed and we were left on the dance floor.
  60. Every time I turned around there was someone trying to stop my progress.
  61. Life has just seemed to pass me by but I really want to make a mark.
  62. Having desires was always Trent's downfall.
  63. One of the biggest secrets of my life was on the 10 o'clock news.
  64. No sooner did our romantic evening start, an urgent call came through.
  65. There was no real explanation for Anthony's new found 'talent'.
  66. Lights filled the sky atop the houses.
  67. Samantha left a note for Justin each morning bt he would never tell anyone what they said.
  68. Twenty-two hours of labor and the baby still hadn't come.
  69. Emily missed her best friend dearly but she knew they couldn't see each other.
  70. Could it be possible the she loved him more than her own husband?
  71. Each time Nora picked up her phone, she placed it right back down on the cradle.
  72. David couldn't think of anything but his missing little sister.
  73. I never believed in having a therapist for life's problems.
  74. Working in a novelty store had to be the coolest and most interesting job ever.
  75. My mother could never be happy for me.
  76. The surgery was already scheduled and all I had to do was show up.
  77. Vladimir hated showing his emotions for fear of backlash from his father.
  78. The roller coaster stopped upside down with dozens of passengers on board.
  79. A quiet evening on the beach would set the mood perfectly to break the news.
  80. Whenever Heather wanted to be alone she traveled to the observatory.
  81. There was an eerie smile on Cathy's face as she relinquished all her assets to her soon-to-be ex in court.
  82. Behind closed doors Aaron wasn't the hard ass everyone thought he was.
  83. For months Vivian cried herself to sleep.
  84. Nerds were not the only game testers at Finger Works Inc.
  85. I was amazed to see that my grandma had planted so many flowers.
  86. We were supposed to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 p.m.
  87. Discouraged and tired, they ended the search for Patricia.
  88. Onlookers watched in horror as the plane exploded as soon as it hit the runway.
  89. The pills seemed to call her as she stared at the medicine bottle on the night stand.
  90. France was a beautiful place this time of year.
  91. We shared our first kiss under the cherry blossom tree.
  92. This corruption case was the biggest one the city has ever seen.
  93. Donna promised revenge on everyone that was in the conference room this morning.
  94. Bouquets of flowers filled my living and dining rooms but how did they get in here.
  95. Ginger spent each Thursday evening taking Salsa lessons.
  96. Owen spent months planning the perfect vacation and now this happened.
  97. Mustafa was forced to live in exile.
  98. Lance looked everywhere for the files but they were nowhere to be found.
  99. Each morning I wake up with him on my mind and pain in my heart.

The Funny Narrative Essay

We all like a great story – whether it’s a book we read, a movie we see, or a friend or relative recalling some memorable event. And if that story is especially funny, scary, exciting, or poignant, we stay interested as it is being told. As a student, you will have many opportunities to write narrative essays – in almost every English class you take from 9th grade forward, all the way through college and for admissions and scholarship requirements. In any of these instances, especially when you have a choice of topics, a great way to capture the attention of your reader is to write a funny narrative essay. Most students will write serious narratives, unless they have prompts that force them to do otherwise, so your funny narrative will be welcome relief to readers, even college admissions decision makers!

Defining the Narrative

The most common belief about a narrative essay is that it tells a story, and this is absolutely true. When you write one, you are going to put a slice of your life “out there” for the reader to see. So, several narrative essay writing prompts would be as follows:

  • Your most frightening experience
  • The happiest moment in your life thus far
  • The best vacation you ever took
  • The most embarrassing moment you have had
  • An event that changed your life
  • An experience that forced you to question a basic belief or value
  • An experience in which you had a leadership role

Narrative essays are meant to reveal something about you. Given this additional part of the definition, the narrative essay may not necessarily tell a full story but may, instead, demonstrate how you feel or might act. For example, here are some prompts that might also be considered correct for a narrative essay:

  • If I had to evacuate my home in 5 minutes, what would I grab?
  • Who are three of my heroes?
  • Something I need or want that has not yet been invented.
  • A secret talent I have that no one knows about.
  • A secret adventure I want to have.
  • If I could be someone else for a day, who would I choose?
  • If I won the lottery, here’s what I would do.
  • If I would spend one day with someone who is dead, who would that be?

These essay prompts will not lead you into actually telling a story with a plot; however they will provide the reader a glimpse into who you are, what you consider important, and what some of your dreams may be. And in this respect they are considered personal narratives.

Writing the Narrative Essay that has Much More than a Grade at Stake

The personal narrative essay for college admissions or for a scholarship competition is a pretty important piece of writing. It may be the final determining factor in a choice between you and another candidate for admission to the college you really want to attend. It may mean money that will mean you can actually go to college or that at least will reduce the amount of money you may have to borrow to do so. With so much riding on these essays, you absolutely have to get them right.

Of course, you understand the importance of having a perfectly composed piece of writing – great grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, along with a really engaging introduction that intrigues your reader immediately. But also critically important will be the topic you choose from among the prompt and how you decide to “treat” that topic.

Most students spend a good amount of time weighing the essay prompts and ultimately choosing one that they feel will reveal really important and exceptional things about themselves. And this is as it should be. Then they set about to write a very serious essay – one that they believe will keep the reader interested throughout. And thousands of very serious essays result in admissions and scholarship awards because they do just that.

Finding Humor in the Serious

It is perfectly okay to think “outside the box” and to treat a serious topic with humor, if you can do it well. Suppose, for example, that you have selected an essay prompt that has asked you to recall a time when you had to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to describe the process you went through to solve a problem. A winning essay on this topic was written by a candidate for admissions to an Ivy League school. Not only was she admitted (of course she met the other qualifications), but her essay received acclaim and has been published all over the web. Her story? How she used critical thinking and problem-solving skills to kill a fly that had been annoying her all day! The essay was hysterically funny and yet demonstrated her thought processes quite well. Other funny narrative essay topics on this topic could be the following:

  • How you found your car in a parking garage when you had no idea on what level you had parked.
  • How you managed to feed yourself for a week with only $10.00 in your pocket.

Finding a funny narrative essay within the stack of all of the serious ones causes a reader to take notice, to appreciate the “comic relief” and makes you essay much more memorable. Spend some time thinking over those essay prompts you are given. Come up with narrative essay topic ideas that are unique and humorous – you’ll have fun writing them!

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