This is a fun way to get inspired to journal. It will start you thinking in new ways. It can even help you to (finally) start your novel.
Choose a novel (or any other book, for that matter) which you haven't read, and copy the opening sentence.
Now journal for 250 words, carrying on from that opening sentence.
Make sure that you date this journal entry, AND put the opening sentence into quotation marks, AND write a brief note about where you copied the opening sentence from. Two or three years from now, you may come across this journal entry and copy it into a current piece of writing, inadvertently including the opening sentence.
Writers' opening sentences usually come to them as complete inspiration, often after a novel is complete, so these sentences are evocative, and lead to juicy journal entries.
Have fun. :-)
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