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.

THE WORST ROMANCE NOVEL EVER WRITTEN IN 26 DAYS.

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.


PANDORA’S TACKLEBOX

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
X – X-PLOSION
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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138 thoughts on “The A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

  1. OMG, I love this theme! The book’s description sounds hilarious, so I’m already psyched. Looking forward to see how bad this gets. 😉

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    1. LOL I hope you find it entertaining (and educational)! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I’m really excited for this theme, and your posts.
    All the best for the challenge 🙂

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  3. Scary theme! What if I find lots of things that I have in my draft…Yikes. Good luck in the challenge!

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    1. Well, at least it’s only your draft, think of it that way! Lol it’s all in good fun, though. I hope you enjoy!

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  4. How not to read a romance novel is exactly what I need right now! Bookmarking your page.

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  5. 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!

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    1. I hope you find it entertaining AND educational! 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. I know I will! See you soon!

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  6. Sounds like a cool theme. Should be entertaining as well as educational. Look forward to it. 🙂

    – Chicky Kadambari @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com
       Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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  7. 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.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
    I’ve followed your listed social media.

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    1. Hahaha, that is funny! Hopefully we teach some folks what to do–and what not to do.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck in the challenge!

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      1. Good luck to you as well.

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  8. I’m really looking forward to reading this. Sounds informative AND entertaining. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. There are lots of opportunities for comedy when depicting bad romance. Reading your post, I just kept thinking of that Lady Gaga song.

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    1. I love Lady Gaga! 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Now that is an awesome theme 🙂 I love it. Can’t wait to see your posts.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  11. Great idea, i’m looking forward to having a giggle 😀

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  12. wow, you already have titles. awesome! 🙂

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    1. Yep, already got the posts written so I don’t have to do anything in April. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. This sounds entertaining and educational!
    Love the touch of humor too! 🙂

    Writer In Transit

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    1. I hope it makes people laugh! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I love to laugh, and this just sound fun. I almost missed it, but I got my reveal out today too.

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    1. Thank you! And I’ll stop by and check it out!

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  15. 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.

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    1. Hahaha I hope not, I tried to make it as over-the-top as possible, but who knows.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  16. Can’t wait! This is going to be great reading!

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  17. 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
    Sugarlaw13@live.com
    @msugar13
    http://melissasugarwrites.com

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! I went to your blog and everything seems to load fast for me, it’s no problem. Have fun with the challenge!

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  18. That sounds fascinating! I look forward to reading these! A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c’est Fantastique

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  19. Megan, what a great perspective! We all need to know how not to write. i look forward to reading your posts.

    Stephen Tremp
    http://www.stephentrmp.com

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    1. I hope I do everyone’s expectations justice! Thank you!

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  20. Love this! That’s an amazing theme!! Can’t wait!

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  21. And now we see why I stick with non-fiction!

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    1. LOL in some ways I would think non-fiction would be easier. You have a subject and rules to follow. Fiction is…messy and unpredictable.

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  22. This is a great theme! I predict many laughs in April. I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully I succeed in making everybody laugh a lot (for the right reasons)!

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  23. Well this sounds fun! I can’t wait to see your posts.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have fun with it!

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  24. This is a great theme! Can’t wait to read your posts!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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  25. randommusings29 March 21, 2016 — 6:42 PM

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

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  26. Sounds great! I can’t wait to get schooled in what not to do! I’m sure I’ll learn a lot!

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    1. I hope I can be entertaining, too! Thank you!

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  27. This sounds like a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to reading your posts! Happy challenge 🙂
    ~ Jen

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  28. What a wonderful idea for a theme. You already gave me a great laugh. Looking forward to reading the rest.

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  29. I’m not a romance writer, but I have a feeling I’ll learn a lot from this blog come April.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you!

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  30. There’s no way I’m missing this theme. I’m already laughing. That blurb is… Oh my goodness!!!!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. LOL I’m glad you’re already laughing! 😀 Thank you!

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  31. 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

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    1. Lovely, majestic Lake Latrine! It conjures up such peaceful images, doesn’t it? LOL I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  32. Now this sounds instructive and something we can apply 🙂 Have fun!

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  33. Oh. This should be a lot of fun!

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side: The A to Z of Adventure!
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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  34. This should be interesting! What not to do. I’ll have to see this because I want to be sure I’m not doing whatever it is you show us.

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    1. LOL some of it is pretty outrageous. I hope you find it informative and fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  35. This is awesome!! I’m definitely following this series 😀

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  36. That’s a good idea with your theme for A/Z. I’m sure very useful for those that want to be writers and need to hone their skills!

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

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  37. What a fun theme! I’m a romance writer (and editor) too, and I’m excited to see what terrible things you come up with. 😛 http://sarahallanauthor.blogspot.com/2016/03/and-my-aprila2z-theme-is.html

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    1. Hahaha, maybe you can add some of your own in! Thank you!

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  38. What a fantastic theme! Good for someone like me who cannot write fiction. Bookmarking your blog and will stop by again.

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  39. Hehehe! This sounds awesome. I can’t wait to read your posts. =)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy! 😀

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  40. Love this – can’t wait to read your posts!

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  41. LOVE the sound of this! Although am more than a little worried that I’ll see something similar to my writing turning up as a ‘how not to’ blog post …

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    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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  42. LOVE it! And can’t wait to follow along.

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  43. My belief is that content can be criticized until the sun goes down, but if readers are buying the content, the criticism doesn’t mean much. Example – Fifty Shades of Grey. That said, I wish you the best with your A to Z posts.

    A to Z Theme Reveal: Becoming an Author

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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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  44. 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
    MopDog

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    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!

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  45. Your theme sounds like fun!!!

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  46. Sounds excellent, especially I’m do the exact opposite on mine! Love it. Mine: http://franclark.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/a-z-challenge-theme-reveal.html
    See you in April!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll stop by and check it out!

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  47. R for Red Herring stands out. Gotta love a good red herring to throw twists and turns in the plot.

    Stephen Tremp
    http://www.stephentremp.com

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    1. Ah, I’m glad someone knows what that is before I get to it and explain it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  48. Sounds like a lot of fun. I look forward to learning with you. 🙂

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  49. A unique and creative theme, sounds like a lot of fun posts. Riveting! Happy A-Zing!

    Best wishes.
    Nilanjana.

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  50. You idea sounds like a lot of fun and truly interesting! Bet you get a book out of this one! 🙂

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    1. LOL it would be a terrible book, trust me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  51. What a unique idea. I like it! We can certainly learn a lot more by seeing something illustrated in fiction than by simply reading about what to do.

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    1. I agree. I always like seeing examples of what NOT to do, it’s how I best learn things. Thanks for stopping by!

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  52. What a great theme! Looking forward to learning some great tips and tricks about what not to do next month.

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    1. Thank you! I hope it’s entertaining and informative!

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  53. I look forward to unlearning how to write with you. 🙂

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  54. This sounds so cool!!! 🙂

    See you in April,

    Sophie
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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  55. This sounds great! I’ll be back for all these posts.

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  56. What a brilliant theme! I’m looking forward to a good laugh as well as being caught out with some of my own worst faults! Like using too many exclamation marks!
    Jemima Pett

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    1. Ha! I didn’t use that, but maybe I should add a few extra in there!!!! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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  57. Cool theme. I am a terrible ficiton writer, so I’ll probably recognize some of the disastrous writing mistakes you’ll discuss.

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    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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  58. Hey Megan, this sounds like lots of rib-tickling times ahead! Absolutely hooked by your theme. Definitely expect me to be around, come April!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope it comes out as funny as I tried to make it. Thanks for stopping by!

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