7-Sentence Story

Source: I was first introduced to 7-Sentence Story at a practice for G.U.T.S. (Gonzaga University Theatre Sports), the improv troupe I was a part of during college.

Storytelling is an important aspect of good improv, and my troupe had several exercises and games that focused on this skill. One small-group exercise was called 7-Sentence Story. It is fairly well-known exercise, though you will find variations of the sentence starters.

7-Sentence Story is, unsurprisingly, an exercise whose product is a story that is seven sentences long. One person will say the first sentence of the story, the next person the second sentence, and thus forth until all seven sentences have been said. If the group has fewer than seven people, then some people may go more than once. The exercise is mainly used to practice storytelling, listening, teamwork, and creativity.

Each sentence in the story must start with a certain phrase. The person whose turn it is must complete the phrase to create a sentence in the story. Sometimes an additional goal is added to the exercise such as “use as few words as possible” or “include as much detail as possible”.

The sentence starters are as follows:

  1. Once upon a time…
  2. And every day…
  3. Until one day…
  4. Because of this…
  5. Because of this…
  6. Finally…
  7. And ever since that day…

Instead of using 7-Sentence Story as an improv exercise, I will be including it here as a writing exercise. The main difference is that I will be creating the stories by myself. I also will not be asking anyone for suggestions to inspire the stories.

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