100 Word Challenge: A minus

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I’m one of those messy people who eats while working at my laptop. That means tiny crumbs and not so tiny orts (my favorite crossword puzzle word) get sprinkled all over my keyboard.

Owning my messiness, I’ve taken prophylactic measures to protect the inner workings of my precious MacBook. A silicone cover fits snuggly over the keys, keeping any and all morsels out of the nooks and crannies of my keyboard.

After nearly two years, I think it’s time to replace my keyboard cover. I’ve worn a hole in one of the key pads. Apparently, I have a particular affinity for the letter A.

In the few words I’ve written here, I’ve typed the letter A 34 times. Even my name includes two A’s.

For a different prompt a few years ago, I was challenged to write 500 words without using the letter E. It was harder than I expected, but I was able to do it, and my story actually made sense. I did have to get creative with sentence structure, word choice, and avoid common articles. The word “the” caused me fits.

Let’s try something a little different. For this challenge, write 100 words (no more, no less) on any topic, any genre, but without the letter A. That means, no and’s, no an’s, no also’s, no as’ , nor at’s, nor all’s, nor was’, nor can’s. You can’t use what or that. No word that contains the letter A.

Get the idea? Or, should that be  – get the concept? (See what I did there? There’s no A in “concept”.)

Be inventive, be ingenious, but do it without using words with an A.

Have fun, and good luck!

“All the learnin’ my father paid for was a bit o’ birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.” ~ George Eliot

For this week write 100 Words without using the letter:

A

Without using the letter A, write 100 Words, no more, no less, then link back to this post, or leave your submission in the comment section. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow wordsters.

  1. achieved . . . (heh – see what I did there?) 100 words with no A. OY, Tara! You know how to make a group of people work it. 🙂

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  2. […] the above drivel about aging and grandchildren is written for Tara’s latest 100 Word challenge . . . to write 100 words without using the letter A. Seriously? Harder than you think. I mean, look at all the A’s in this after-word. […]

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  3. Alrighty then, that wore me out! I’ll catch up the reading tomorrow!

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  4. Loved the challenge. My story is terrible but I had fun trying not to use the letter “A”. Here’s the link: https://catarinadeobidos.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/the-100-word-challenge/

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    1. Enjoyed your story, it was very funny.

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  5. […] Thin Spiral Notebook blog issued a very special challenge this week: to write a 100-word story without using the letter […]

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  6. It’s been a l-o-n-g time, but the muse never could resist a challenge. Thanks, Tara!

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  7. Thanks Tara R. for the unique prompt. I wondered how I would write 100 words without using the first letter and when I begun it was fun….

    http://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2016/04/testing-times.html

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  8. […] The prompt for the 100 word challenge on Thin Spiral Notebook this week was to write 100 words without using the letter A. An absolutely brilliant prompt! Go check out the other posts here. […]

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  9. […] 1,000 words seems daunting, and you want to try your hand at something more compact, check out the 100 Word Challenge at “Thin spiral notebook.” Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, midnight […]

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  10. Finally wrote and published my story 🙂 You wouldn’t believe the amount of times I searched for synonyms when I realised the word I used had an ‘a’! Had a lot of fun with this one.
    https://imagenn793.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/100-word-challenge-a-minus-my-entry/

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  11. […] I love this very different prompt this week. Funnily enough my English teacher made my class do the exact same thing at the beginning […]

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  12. Ellen wondered whether she’d woken up in 1940. How else to interpret this room devoid of embellishment, no electronics in sight? Wincing, she tried to piece together the events of the previous night. Yes, she’d “borrowed” her elderly neighbor’s Oldsmobile, but no one ever drove it, so why not? Emmeline Ingersoll couldn’t see so wouldn’t know to miss it, Ellen figured. Emmeline, never quite right once she’d lost her first child, Lily. Her second, too.

    Now the door opened to show this oddly dressed nurse holding something white. “Miss Ingersoll,” the nurse soothed, “won’t you hold your Lily, even once?”

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    1. Very Twilight Zone-ish, with a mix of Stephen King’s “Christine.”

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    2. Sarah . . . you make me want more. 🙂

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  13. […] written this entire thing without using the first letter–it was both difficult and simple, depending on my word choices for my sentences. I hope […]

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  14. This was easier than I thought it would be, Tara. Lots of fun and I was even able to add a scifi/fantasy spin to it 😀

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  15. […] 100 Word Challenge – Prompt: 100 Word Story minus Letter […]

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  16. This was a rough one – but lots of fun! Thanks for the prompt. Here’s my piece: https://fictiontrials.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/sleepless-night/

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    1. I’ve got to keep you all guessing. Nice job.

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  17. […] today. However, as I was scrolling through social media, I saw that Tara had put up another 100 word challenge – this one harder than all the others. As soon as I saw the prompt, I knew I wouldn’t […]

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  18. […] Tara gives us the difficult task of writing 100 words without using the letter “A” for this week’s 100 Word Challenge. […]

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  19. I went into this one thinking it was going to be extremely difficult – I mean, c’mon! Don’t use “A?” – but it seems as if the writing gears clicked immediately. Thanks for this one, Tara!

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  20. Not blogging at the moment, so I wrote a quick one on my Facebook page. 100 words without using ‘A’. This was fun! Really pushed the limits 🙂

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    1. I really like this – it’s emotionally charged and it didn’t seem like you had any trouble at all with keeping the letter “A” out. Nice!

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