Writing Prompts #1: Everything A to Z

As a writer, I find it hard sometimes to come up with the right words. In list writing you don’t have to because everything is short and sweet. No need for fancy-shmancy big words: Milk, check; bread, check; eggs, check. I’m a habitual list maker; and until something is in writing, everything just looks like jumbled chaos inside my head. If I take a trip to the store without a list, I know I’m in trouble. I end up coming home, only to go back later because I had forgotten something the first time. With four kids in tow, this is not an easy task. Lists save my time and sanity. They may not understand now, but my family will thank me later.

I like to get creative with my list writing, especially when I’m making something to go inside my art journal. One of my favorite types of lists are A to Z. They can be on a multitude of subjects and if you ever get bored, just make an A to Z list of lists. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • FAVORITE FOOD: What are you favorite foods? Favorite cuisines? you could also write down things you would like to try or recipes you have found. Another suggestion is an A to Z list of chefs; national and international.
  • A TO Z ROAD TRIP: By now most everyone has played the Licence Plate Game or has at least heard of it. In lieu of something that can become repetitive and maybe even monotonous, plan a road trip to with cities/towns that follow the alphabet. To make it more challenging start with Z. Even if you don’t go, it would still be fun to do research on each city and learn about different types of people. You never know, you may want to move to one of them one day. You may choose to make a European list as well.
  • MISSION STATEMENT: Write your life’s mission statement in ABC format. Where do you want to be when you look back and think of where it all started? Who do you want kids to grow up to be like? What are the backbones to your happiness? Well being? Sanity?
  • PLACES IN YOUR HOMETOWN: Where do you like to hang out? Where are you most likely to be seen or doing? Who are you with? Do you have secret places you like to sneak off to that no one else knows about?
  • WRITERS & ARTISTS: If you are a writer or artist, who do admire? What works are they known for? You can even write about multiple people and each one can have their own entry. They don’t have to be someone famous; could be someone close to you that you know personally.
  • N.A.M.E.S: Think of the people closest to you and try to come up with acronyms for their names, or even your own name. Write as many as you can think of; make them as weird as you possibly can. Share them or don’t share them. It’s up to you.

Can you come up with any more ways to write an A to Z list? Leave your comments below and be sure to share this with friends.

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