Sarah is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, & Kundalini yoga teacher. She is an artist who believes in the importance of living a creative life.
Creative Writing Prompt
The ABC writing activity is a great way to get children to write creative sentences and stories. It is also a fun challenge for adults who want to get their creative writing juices flowing quickly.
The idea is simple. Each sentence of the story must begin with a different letter in the alphabet and be in alphabetical order. So the first senteces begins with the letter A, the second sentence with the letter B and so on. At first this is a little tricky but the results will surprise you. Instead of starting the sentence with typical "the," perhaps your begin with a verb instead. This is an excellent opportunity to play around with sentence structure and have fun. The letter X can prove to be difficult so in some cases you may want to allow for the word to begin with ex instead. Use this as an opportunity to get the dictionary and thesaurus out and learn new words as well!
example ABC story
Although it was raining outsite Mary was extremely happy. Being indoors during a storm was one of her favorite things in the world. Cushions and stuffed animals surrounded Mary inside the fort she had just finished making. Dad had taught her how to make the best forts using blankets, tapestries, and even one of mom's lace tablecloths. Every fabric had different colors and textures. From the outside, the fort looked like a magical palace, which is what of course Mary pretended it was. Gaurding the palace were two stuffed watch animals: Roger the kangaroo and Henry the rabbit. Hanging from the ceiling of the fort were tiny colored lanterns which gave the palace a magical quality. It was almost as if anything could happen, or at least that is what it felt like to Mary. Just as she was thinking this thought, Mary saw something that made her rub her eyes and look again. Kneeling further towards the entrace of the fort she stared with eyes wide as the rabbit twitched its nose again! "Look at that!" exclaimed Mary. "My animals are alive!" Now having one's stuffed animals move is certainly an unusual sight. Odd as it may be for someone else though, it simply didn't seem quite so odd to Mary. Politely she asked the rabbit, or Henry more specifically, what it was doing. Quite startled by the question, Henry stared for a moment before replying. "Roger and I are more than gaurding, we are watching for your prince charming to return home!" Stunned at this news, Mary simply stared. To think she never even had a boyfriend and now she has a prince charming! Under the fabric of the palace Mary suddenly became nervous. Violins, flutes, and trumpets started to sound from seemingly nowhere. Widening her eyes Mary saw that someone was approaching the palace! Extremely curious now Mary stumbled back astonished when a young man her age approached. "You look beautiful your majesty" the prince said bowing low. Zero words came to Mary's lips...
denisevirostek from Richmond, VA on June 24, 2012:
Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 24, 2012:
Thank you! Thank you for pointing out that this activity can be used for adults as well! :)
denisevirostek from Richmond, VA on June 23, 2012:
I was an advertising student in college, and we would do exercises like these to get our juices flowing as well. Great stuff!
Dianna Mendez on June 07, 2012:
This is a great way to help kids learn the alphabet while developing creative and critical thinking skills. Voted up!