2019 Day 17 -Aphorisms

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story?

Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward!

The Prompt

Today we’re continuing our theme of weird story forms.


This is sort of like an accrostic, but with a whole word instead of just a letter. When your reader looks at the story in a certain way, the first word of every sentence will read as an aphorism

It’s a challenge for you and one that is designed to really take the pressure off you, because the chances of you writing a brilliant piece of literature this way, are virtually nil. You might have fun with the puzzle though 😉


  • Underline the first word of every sentence and see if your reader figures it out.
  • Use the phrase as a title.
  • Or, post the phrase at the end, like a fable’s ‘moral’.
  • Or just leave it and see if anyone notices!
  • Bonus points if you make your story about the saying/phrase.
  • If you don’t enjoy writing puzzles, you could take an aphorism and write a story with that title.

Places To Find Aphorisms


Check back every day for more prompts, and don’t forget to come back and leave a comment to celebrate your writing successes, every day!

13 thoughts on “2019 Day 17 -Aphorisms”

  1. I don’t have a website to post this to, but it is short enough to go ahead and put in the comments.

    Title: Harder To Live With It

    “It shouldn’t take too long to get this done. Is it not just attaching a few wires? Easy enough, right?” he asks, this man who wishes to follow in my footsteps.
    “To even try, you would need to be trained in explosives,” I remind him, taken aback by his eagerness to take this job.
    “Kill all my fun, why don’t you,” he says, and I flinch at the use of the words kill and all—exactly what he means to do, if I can’t convince him otherwise.
    “Someone needs to keep their head in this situation. It isn’t like you know what you are doing.”
    “Is it really so difficult a thing?”
    “Harder than you might think. To do this right, and too…” I trail off. Live with the consequences, I think.
    “With your help…”
    “It can’t be done,” I lie.

    1. Impressive! And now I want to know why the person in whose footsteps the explosive enthusiast wants to follow is 1) still alive and 2) no longer an enthusiast. WELL DONE, say I!

  2. I’m checking in because I haven’t in a few days. It’s been a tough week, with some late starts, but I’m still writing, and turning out some pretty good material the last couple of nights. I’ve hit every day I committed to write so far, although I had to abandon a couple before finishing, owing to fatigue.

    I’ve started reading Jerome Stern’s book on writing, called Making Shapely Fiction. It’s fantastic, and I highly recommend it. He goes through something like 16 story shapes, his sort taxonomy of standard story structures and devices. I’m going to try as many as I can before the month is over.

  3. I managed to do a short one for this late last night, but I really want to play with this more with other phrases. I love a puzzle and this was a great challenge.

    This Too, Shall Pass

    This grief is overwhelming and I feel I’m drowning in my sorrow. Too many long days I see ahead with no comfort or consolation. Shall I ever feel relief or the sweet release of peace? Pass away from me aching days of misery, I pray.

  4. I love the challenge and I have learnt a great deal. I’ve made a start and really enjoy the fun of it. No way will it be finished before I need to tackle Day 18, but I will look forward to completing it!

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