The A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

My theme for this year I hope will be both educational and entertaining for my visitors. I’m going to teach you how to write…by showing you how not to write.


My hoped-for goal with this chosen theme, gentle readers and writers, is to teach you how not to write a book. Each day’s letter will explore a different component of creative writing and the worst way you could possibly implement it. From awful dialog to awkward foreshadowing, cartoonish villains and even more cartoonish heroes, useless details, too many details, plot that goes nowhere, and metaphor-laced drivel, there will be something to offend even the most seasoned writer/agent/editor/beta reader/long-suffering friend of an author who thinks they’ve seen it all. Take notes, learn, discuss, and most importantly–laugh.

Each ‘chapter’ will consist of four paragraphs or short pieces of dialog, not only for the sake of brevity, but so you don’t lose your mind.

I hope you’ll hang out with me in April and take some writing lessons—that may never leave you, for all the wrong reasons.


Billionaire Highlander cowboy Hawk MacHardcastle is tired of living the jetset life of champagne, bucking broncos, kilts, fast cars, and burning bundles of cash for warmth. Desperate to find meaning in his life, he retires to his family’s isolated cabin in the wilds of New Jersey, on the shores of majestic Lake Latrine.

There, Hawk plans on self-reflection and pursuing the great love of his life—fishing. However, Hawk’s self-imposed loneliness comes to an end when he makes a most unusual companion and fishing buddy.

Dropsy Velvet was once a young woman living on the shores of Lake Latrine with her settler family. However, a curse turned her into a mermaid and now she lives, sad and alone, in the depths of the lake. She hasn’t had human contact for close to fifty years, thanks to everyone either being terrified of her or thinking they’re drunk when they see her—but Hawk may be the connection to the world she’s been craving. Charmed by her innocent face, sparkling wit, and huge bare breasts, Hawk decides to help her find a way to lift the curse, as she will lift his: the curse of ennui and affluenza. But time is running out, for something sinister wants to flush Latrine away forever.

Letter Schedule:

A – Annnd…Action!
B – Backstory
C – Characterization
D – Dialog
E – Exposition
F – Foreshadowing
G – Genre
H – Hyperbole
I – Idioms
J – Jargon
K – Kinesics
L – Local Color
M – Metaphor
N – Names
O – Onomatopoeia
P – Purple Prose
Q – Quandary
R – Red Herring
S – Show vs. Tell
T – Tension
U – Understatement
V – Villains
W – Winding Up the Climax
Y – You Did It!
Z – Zip It Up

I will update this list with links for each day as they go live and refer visitors back to this post for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you–and making you laugh–in April!

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Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

138 thoughts

  1. This is a delicious theme! Clever! My favorite romance novel is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I read it at least 4x’s. I am looking forward to reading about how NOT to write a good romance novel. I have enjoyed many romance novels. It’s either that or chocolate cake!


  2. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
    It must be hilarious for anyone visiting the theme hop in order. “Stop 1- how not to write a book. Stop 2- How TO write a book.” Ha ha ha. High Five to us.
    April should be exciting. I’m looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog is has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    I’ve followed your listed social media.


  3. This sounds like a great theme. I’ve seen so many amateurish romance and erotica stories, with issues like overused tropes, nothing but paragraphs of description, virgins unrealistically turning into super-adventurous experts their first time, and total ignorance of the true location of the hymen. Some of those people might think your bad examples are a great story.


  4. Wow, I love your theme. I can’t wait to read your posts. I’m really looking forward to reading the letters for Red Herring, Foreshadowing and villains. I’m Also praying my blog makeover is completed In time for the challenge. I’ve had some major problems with the loading speed, but some people said my blog loaded fine, but I’m still worried. I’ve been ASSURED THE PROBLEM WILL BE FIXED, but it was supposed to be fixed by today. Keeping my fingers crossed. If you visit my theme reveal and my blog is still slow loading, please don’t give up on me. It will be fixed in time for the challenge. I can’t wait to learn all about writing from The Worst Romance Novel Ever. See you in April.

    Melissa Sugar


  5. This is a brilliant idea for a theme, it sounds both informative and hilarious, I will definitely be back in April 🙂


  6. I’m not usually into romance novels, but this might be enough of a hoot (as well as being instructive) that I might get into this one. Besides, Lake Latrine is such a special name. Sounds like great fun ahead on your site.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    1. LOL trust me, every mistake I talk about (or at least most of them) are things I did in the past. I’m hoping I’ll impart some of that wisdom before people make the same mistakes I did!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I apologize if there is a misunderstanding. The purpose of this is NOT to make fun of romance novels or authors. I myself am a romance author. I will not be focusing on tropes or content, only mechanics and techniques of writing in general. I chose a romance novel format because it’s what I write. I hope that clears it up. 🙂

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  7. BWAHAHAHA XD “Dropsy Velvet” XD As someone who gets a huge amount of enjoyment out of reading and criticizing horrible romances, I am all here for this. 🙂 Maybe I’ll finally learn what rubs me the wrong way about their writing…
    Awesome theme! 🙂 See you in April!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary


    1. LOL you’re the only person to mention her name! You must be an aquarium fish enthusiast. 😉 I’ll be discussing that whole mess on ‘N’ day for names.

      Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Trust me, I’m by no means an expert, but I’m hoping to talk about some of the things I tripped over in the past and keep others from tripping as well. Thanks for stopping by!


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