Constructing a Story from A to Z – B is for Balloons

As I continue to construct my short story, I look to the ALPHABLOCK book that turns up the celebration early on with balloons for b. Here is sentence #2:

The balloons that surrounded the entrance and table of the carnival did nothing to relieve my feelings of other-worldliness.

ย What’s going on here?

If you are wondering what the heck this post is about, I’d first like to say welcome to my blog and the A to Z Challenge for bloggers. The challenge asks bloggers to write a blog post every day in the month of April, excluding Sundays, blogging thematically from A to Z. I decided to dive in this year using the following writing challenge as my guide:

You start by coming up with a list of words, A-Z, for example: alligator, balloon, capital… Then once you have your list, come up with an original sentence using each word. Try to make them interesting and lengthy. You will end up with 26 original sentences. This is a good start, but if you want to do the full exercise, you must relate all the sentences together so they actually make a story. At the end you will have an original short story using words that start with every letter of the alphabet.

This is from the blog Connected Isolation.

My list of 26 words comes from my son’s book of letters, ALPHABLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli. By the end of the month I should have 26 sentences and the first draft of a short story.ย  In subsequent weeks/months I plan to revise and rewrite the story here on the blog showing my own revision process to anyone who is curious, as this is something I have been wishing to see other writers do even with silly little projects such as this one.

I am entrant #1058 on an enormous list of participants in the A to Z Challenge. To see the list to find other blogs to explore head to the official A to Z Challenge (2016) Sign Up List.

In the comments below:

Let me know what you think of my sentence of the day. (any edits or critiques?)

Do you have any predictions as to what this story might be about?


Write your best sentence using the word of the day!


6 thoughts on “Constructing a Story from A to Z – B is for Balloons

  1. This is such a neat idea! Just one question, as you get more sentences, will you string them all together at the bottom so we don’t have to click through multiple posts to remember what came earlier?

    @HeatherJacksonW from
    WriteOnSisters – Masterplots from A to Z


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