A Boy Chronicle

This assignment‘s instructions are to:

Create a story that uses words that begin with the letters of the alphabet consecutively. For example, A big cat dug eight… But you have to go all the way to the letter Z. Try to make as much sense as possible. Or if you really can’t, then go crazy. Be creative and have fun!

Here is my attempt at that:

A boy can dare ever feel guilty. He is just kid like. May never openly propose questions requested. Still tormented under voice wiggles Xyster your zits.

The Story Behind the Story

I allowed most of this story to write itself. As I interpreted the words I already had, I created meaning from that and tried to stay within that theme for the remainder of the story. Keeping with the theme of talking about some “Boy”, I feel that my story is talking about a boy growing up, going through puberty. I began talking about a childlike, immature boy, who keeps to himself. And then went on to describe how childlike this boy really is. So childlike that he is tormented by inevitable voice cracks and pimples. I really enjoyed my line about “voice wiggles”.

Doing this assignment made me feel like a creative genius. I feel the same way about poems which I intend to do in some other writing assignments. It is so satisfying to take a challenge like going in order of the alphabet, or restricting yourself to only rhyming words. These restrictions force you to expand your thinking and utilize words you typically would not. In keeping with the assignment theme, I titled this “A Boy Chronicle”, a story about a boy, but ensuring that it still began with “ABC”.

Narrating the Process

I had no idea where this story was going when I began. It started to honestly make sense of itself as I wrote it. I struggled the most with the last line because of all of the strange letters that I feel that no words begin with. X and Z being in the same sentence made this super difficult. In order to complete this assignment, I just went though the alphabet creating sentences off the top of my head until I got stuck on a letter. When I would get stuck, I would go to google and look up synonyms for words I wanted to place there. I frequently typed “words that start with x” as well as with the letter z, because I genuinely did not know of any words beginning with the letter X aside from Xylophone.

2 comments

  1. This is a super tricky assignment, but you told a natural story and killed it! I really like how you connected yourself and the “boy” throughout each line.

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