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642 Things to write about – A story where each sentence begins with a different letter of the alphabet

642 things to write about
642 things to write about

On Wednesday night I suddenly felt the desire to write some sort of creative narrative. Not sure exactly what that should be, I return to my trusty 642 Things to write about. After a through flick through I found this prompt:

Write a story in which each sentence begins with a different letter of the alphabet. 

Initially I though that this sounded pretty easy. Then I very quickly realised that I had also set myself the task of writing a story in 26 sentences. Later on, I also realised my knowledge of words beginning with X and Z were also rather limited. So I am now a big advocate for online dictionaries!

Here’s my attempt at a tale anyway:

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A rather normal start to the day.

But a rather empty diary left me feeling slightly restless.

Carrying the washing through to my bedroom, I decided that perhaps a trip out would work wonders.

Dropping the washing on a heap on my bed, I went in search of my wallet.

Even with so many things still to do the least I deserved was a coffee.

Feeling slightly better now that I had made my decision, I glanced out of the window.

Grabbing my coat from the cupboard, I shoved my phone, wallet and keys in the pocket as I walked up the drive.

Having found that my favourite coffee shop is closed, my plans for the morning must now be altered slightly.

In spite my predicament, I quickly discovered a new cafe but 5 minutes from the original choice.

Joining the queue, I started peering around for an available seat.

Keeping to old habits, I arrives at a table near the door with a mocha safely stored in the cup in my hands.

“Low blow”, a raised voice almost shouted across the room, ” I can’t believe that you would accuse me of such a thing.:

Moving onto the other spare seat on my table gave me a better view.

Nearby, a pair of women were glaring at each other over a pair of frothy cappuccinos.

Over the noise of the chatter that had started up again, their conversation continued.

“Perhaps my friendship in you was misplaced.”

Quencing my thrist on my mocha, I consciously leaned forward in the hope of catching more of the story.

“Refusal to believe such a thing is the only reason I don’t slap you!!…”

“…Stooping so low as to actually flirt with my husband – in front of me!”

“To iterate what I said earlier, this is what happens when you don’t pay him any attention.”

Unnoticed, for the minute, to both of them – I listened on.

“Very foolish of you to confront me, you are no competition.”

Whatever the two were currently thinking, I assumed the scenario couldn’t end well.

xenophobia suddenly seemed to flare up in this cafe – someone had obviously noticed my poor attempts at spying and the other coffee drinkers all now seemed to be staring angrily in my direction.

Yearning to suddenly leave the cafe, having obviously broken some sacred rule, I abandoned my now empty mug on the table.

Zipply leaving the cafe, I headed back for the safety of home.

****

So there you have it. I know some of the sentences feel a little forced. But the very rigid structure was actually quite difficult. Any thoughts on how to improve are very welcome 🙂

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642 Things to write about – What a character holding a blue object is thinking right now

The urge to write something with my fountain pen struck me this morning during my morning coffee. I found this inspiration in the 642 things to write about. This was originally written in my beautiful fountain pen into my diary.

My diary is not just a journal. I don’t just put in all my thoughts of the day. Any ideas that I think of for craft projects, home projects, digital marketing ideas or just bits of writing goes in here. It is my bible and I’m on my third this year. I’m currently using the 2nd half of a lovely journal that I originally started when I was 16. Reading back through old entries is an interesting insight into my mind 7 years ago – hoping to use some of these for a book in the future. That is, once I’ve finished editing the current one.

I wanted to share my writing from this morning with you. Have a look below and tell me what you think. All constructive criticism is more than welcome.

642 things to write about
642 things to write about

What a character holding a blue object is thinking right now. 

This quintessential piece of equipment had been laying, minutes before, on the table before her.

With it grasped firmly between her thumb and forefinger, she felt a sense of power. This was certainly a power that was absolute.

Her half finished manuscript lay tired on the old oak desk before her. Something had to be done. Perhaps with her weapon she could wage wars, kill men or burn cities to the ground.

The characters were currently too comfortable. They had their comfortable little lives with their families, food and beautiful possessions.

Her bright eyes met the blue, sparkling fountain pen in her hand. Yes. This was the weapon required for such a task.

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642 Things to Write About – A Sentimental item

One thing I have always loved is writing. I’ve dabbled in fiction writing since my early teens. Predominately my choice of topic was Harry Potter Fanfiction. However, with the adult pressures of work and home I find that I have difficulty finding the time. Last year a friend of mine brought a copy of 642 Things to Write About.

642 things to write about
642 things to write about

If I am in the mood for a writing and find myself without a topic – this is my new go-to resource for inspiration.

In light of my minimalism game, I thought that I better prove that I am not a true minimalist. That would be too much of a flip for me too quickly. There are a number of items I have that I have sentimental links with.

The hint:

Pick a small object to be given one day to your great grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object. 

To you I leave my charm bracelet. It isn’t the largest, or most expensive item that I leave behind. This bracelet was one of the first gifts that my husband gave me when we were first ‘going out’.

Since I began ownership of the bracelet, I have continued to add charms from significant trips and events. 3 years ago I wore it at our wedding, it also has a set of angel wings that I brought with some money my great grandmother sent to me before she died.

The problem is that I fear so much to lose it, it now never leaves the house. It’s safely pinned to my inspiration board and I bring the charms to the bracelet.

I give this to you as a reminder to live a life that makes you happy. It is not worth a lot to you financially, but I hope it acts as a reminder to live your life to the full.