John Marsden Writing Topic #517

Write a conversation where each sentence has to start with the next letter of the Alphabet. (Adapted from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’)**


Allan, how are you?

Bob, I’m great how are you?

Couldn’t be happier!

Do you think you’ll be able to come to my BBQ on Saturday Bob?

Even if I have to work I’ll be there, I’ll call in sick.

Fantastic, I hope that you won’t get you in too much trouble.

Gary won’t even notice that I’m not there, don’t worry.

Have you not found another job yet?

It isn’t happening no, it doesn’t seem to matter how qualified you are these days, they probably all think I’m too old.

Just dreadful, I’m so sorry, how the Mrs?

Katie’s fine, she’s been very supportive and luckily she’s making loads of money at her job, so we don’t have too much to worry about financially, how’s yours?

Lisa’s good, she’s looking forward to seeing you and Katie before our baby’s born.

Made any decisions on names yet?

No, we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl and Lisa thinks we’ll know the right name when we set our eyes on it.

Oh yeah, fair enough, have you set up the baby’s room, Katie got into me for leaving it to the last minute with our kids?

Practically done, I just need to find a white noise machine, Lisa’s idea in case the baby has trouble sleeping, it has to be you know….

Quiet enough that it doesn’t keep you two awake, but not too quiet that it doesn’t help the baby sleep.


So are you excited about entering into fatherhood?

Totally, finally a light at the end of the tunnel, although as happy as I am, I’m also scared.

Understandable, it’s the biggest change of both of your lives.

Very much so.

Well, I have to go, I’ll see you on Saturday, where are you off to now?

X-ray department at the hospital, the doc thinks I broke my foot.

Youch, good luck.

Zigzagging there instead of walking ha ha, see you on Saturday.



**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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