This procedure requires the first word of a text to have only one letter, the second two, the third three, and so on as far as resourcefulness and inspiration allow. The first word of a snowball is normally a vowel: in English, a I or O.
From your newspaper, select a starting vowel and then continue adding words of increasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.
Here’s what I came up with, bending the punctuation a bit to remove hyphens and add a possessive. I also put only one word per line, while still having the words increment one letter at a time/per line.
Robin, Laura Arrival of the lambs at Milkhouse Farm and Dairy Apr 10, 2014 print edition, Ottawa Citizen in Food & Drink
Great last line :)
I spent extra time looking for words with more letters just so I could reach that last one!
Nice job, Carol. It really does hang together well. I’m finding that I’ll probably have to write about Congress, even though I took all my words for the front page of the Arts Section! What the heck? I’d definitely rather be writing about lambs and ewes.
For me it was a choice between the lambs or art from WW I. But the digital version of the art piece was not available. Can’t always tell even from the articles what words will work!
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How cool that you were able to make that work – pulling together a longer snowball takes a great deal of effort. And nice spring theme!
Probably good that it came earlier in the month before I created those long marathon ones and decided to stick with short!
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