November 4, 2019

Monday, November 4

I am back after a few weeks’ hiatus and ready to toss a new prompt your way. But because this is November, and because the cooler weather signals to me that the holidays are approaching, I will give you a more light-hearted, fun task this week. 

Despite its simple nature, it will keep your writing muscles moving. 

Here’s what I hope you’ll take a few moments to do: Write a short story or essay. The first word of the first line of the story must begin with the letter A. The second line must begin with the letter B, and so on. Here’s an example:

“A slight breeze slipped across Mary’s face, tickling her nose and fluttering her eyelids. Beach breezes always gave her the goosebumps; she could feel the hairs on her arms tingle. “Come here,” Suzanne called from the water’s edge. “Don’t be such a wimp.” Even though Mary had been coming to this broken-down beach town for 20 years, she had never lost her fear of the fickle tides, the towering waves, the manipulative, sometimes murderous undertow, …..”

And so on. 

Every sentence – all 26 of them – begins with the next letter of the alphabet. We’re exercising a new muscle here – have fun!

As always, next Monday, when you have finished this prompt, share it with someone. If you have been one of my workshop students, of course share it with me.