Good writers begin their sentences in a variety of ways to avoid monotony. Too many simple or compound sentences beginning with the subject followed by the verb lead to a choppy style of writing. Think creatively and rearrange the order of the words in a sentence or think of a more interesting way of expressing yourself. For help with this, use known patterns of sentence structure to begin sentences in different ways.

How to Begin Sentences Creatively

Step 1

The most common sentence pattern is to write the subject first, followed by the verb:

Weeds are important too because birds eat the seeds.

Step 2

Reverse the sentence to begin with the dependent adverbial clause:

Because birds eat the seeds, weeds are important too.

Step 3

Begin a sentence with an infinitive phrase used as an adjective:

To get a head start, he arrived 20 minutes early.

Step 4

Use an infinitive phrase as a subject:

To get a head start was his goal.

Step 5

Begin a sentence with a prepositional phrase and end it with the subject:

From out of nowhere came a loud shriek.

Step 6

Begin a sentence with an adjective:

Sad about being alone in the house, the puppy lay down and waited by the front door.

Step 7

Begin with an adverb:

Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the wedding.

Step 8

Begin with an "ing" participial phrase:

Muttering to himself, the old man shuffled throughout the house.

Step 9

Begin with an "ed" participial phrase:

Angered by the long wait, I slammed the phone down on the receiver.

Step 10

Start with a transitional word:

Finally, we found the lost keys.

Step 11

Begin a sentence with an appositive:

An obedient child, Samantha turned off the light and went to sleep.