Constructing a Story from A to Z – E is for Elephant

It is hard for me to read today’s letter from ALPHABLOCK and not hear my son’s voice saying, “E is for eh-fent!” which is probably why this story has been thrust into the hands of a little girl right now. Here is the next building block in this month’s story:

“Dog is an elephant, baby,” I said, unable to ignore this teachable moment.

Here’s our story (*under construction*) so far:

I saw an apple to my left and I wondered if Snow White could taste the danger in her fateful bite. The balloons that surrounded the entrance and the table of the carnival did nothing to relieve my feelings of other-worldliness. I carried my tray of cookies to the PTA’s donor table and tried to escape before Mrs. Jameson could spot me.

“No bye-bye dog!” my daughter cried.

“Dog is an elephant, baby,” I said, unable to ignore this teachable moment.

 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

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.  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!

to Z. I decided to dive in this year using the following writing challenge as my guide:


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