Writing exercise: The Alphabet

Use this quick exercise to get your fingers and brain moving. Without stopping to think write a word to correspond with each letter of the alphabet it, any word. It doesn’t have to be a real word, it could be a name, whatever.

Here goes mine:
a – alphabet

An interesting picture from my image search

b – bother
c – camel
d – duck
e – elephant
f – fish
g – giraffe
h – hippie
i – igloo
j – jerk
k – kamas
l – llama
m – music
n – nothing
o – octopus
p – Penelope
q – quintuplet
r – rhinoceroses
s – septuagenarian
t – turtle
u – umbrella
v – vulture
w – walrus
x – xenophobia
y – yippie
z – Zander

OK – that wasn’t a very interesting list. My brain is suffering from spending time with my young kids, I got away while they were watching Word World.  Now I’ve purged the zoo animals from my brain I’ll give it another try.

Again, from the image search. I recommend this movie to everyone.

a – absolute
b – baraka
c – citrus
d – dovetail
e – ermine
f – fantasy
g – goatee
h – handshake
i – ice cream
j – jellybean
k – kaleidoscope
l – licorice
m – mambo
n – necktie
o – orange
p – plenitude
q – quirk
r – rabid
s – seashell
t – turquoise
u – underwear
v – vulture
w – word world
x – xerxes
y – yellow
z – zantac

That I can work with, and I’m craving sweets, go figure. There are dozens of things you can do with your list to get your brain flowing. Here are a few:

  • Pick two or three words at random to make a title and freewrite a story.
  • Try to use ten of the words to describe a random picture. Get the picture by running a google image search one of your more interesting words, force yourself to use a result from the first page.
  • Write a journal entry from the perspective of one of your less understood characters, use ten of your words.

What will you do with your list?

About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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2 Responses to Writing exercise: The Alphabet

  1. Pingback: 100th Post! « My Literary Quest

  2. aardvarkian says:

    This is a little gem of a post, Jodi, and I’m only seeing it now.

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