Have you tried writing an acrostic piece?
By Judy Evans
February 2, 2016 10:34pm CST
Renatus Revocatus suggested a discussion submitted by @IreneVincent. It was written acrostically meaning the first sentence started with A and each sentence thereafter started with the next letter of the alphabet - second sentence with B, third with C, etc. We did an acrostic short story in our writing group once so I'm submitting that. Perhaps you'd like to try one too. It's okay to fudge a little for the X. Letting Go As the young boy trudged his way to school, his thoughts were far away. By the time he returned this afternoon the vet would have put down his old dog, Clancy. Clancy was crippled and nearly blind now. Despite knowing it was for the best, Zac didn't want it to happen. Even at this moment, the vet could be pulling into the drive. Feeling the tears starting to come, Zac sniffed loudly. Gravel flew as he kicked savagely at the dirt. How could they make him go to school today? I should be home with Clancy, he sniffed. Just then, he saw a vehicle approaching. Knowing it was the neighbour's car, Zac hunched his shoulders and walked on. Luke Palmer slowed his ute and pulled to a stop beside the ten-year-old. "Might I ask why the long face?" he asked. Not able to speak, Zac shook his head. "Oh, come on," said Luke. "You can tell me." Pulling to the side of the road, Luke turned off the engine. Quickly he hopped out and fell into step beside Zac. Reaching in his pocket, he pulled out a grubby handkerchief and handed it to Zac. "So, I guess poor old Clancy is on his last legs, eh?" The boy nodded and sniffed again. Under Luke's jacket, something wriggled and Luke reached in and gently hauled out a black and white pup. Very gently, Luke held up the pup. Without looking at Zac, Luke said 'Old Bess had her pups a couple of weeks ago but she doesn't have enough milk for them all." Except for a furtive glance, Zac ignored the pup. "You couldn't look after him for a while for me, could you?" asked Luke casually. Zac looked at the pup, put his hand out slowly to stroke the little head and nodded as the tears started to roll down his cheeks. JudyEvans © 2014
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Feb 16
Very impressive. Did you name your protagonist at the beginning or did his name come about as a way to take care of that last sentence? I don't plan ahead well enough on things like this--had it been me I now that name would have been my way of wiggling out of a tight spot at the end.
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• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I wrote my piece first without worrying about it being acrostic. I made my story 26 sentences long. Then I went back and tried to arrange each sentence so it would start with the correct letter. I used the name 'Zac' as an easy way to cover the letter 'Z'.
• Dagupan City, Philippines
11 Dec 16
I really want it on how you build a story from the beginning to the end, Smoothly you did the acrostic piece. Wow! I wish could that too, there is an excitement in writing acrostic piece its because you must think how are you going to build a story using the alphabet. I love the story i'm impress.
• United States
3 Feb 16
I may have tried poetry in my class, but poetry isn't something I prefer to write, I like writing novels better. However, if I had a choice between a poem and short story, I would pick a short story anytime and you did a wonderful job with yours.
• United States
4 Feb 16
@JudyEv I don't even like writing in journals and I had to do that in one of my classes. I was able to, but didn't enjoy it. However, I do have notes I take for my stories, and some ideas for future books, but it isn't anything like journaling.