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This week’s writing problem is hosted by Vincent Mars, a 22-year previous Romanian highschool dropout who has realized English on his personal. On his standard weblog, Boy With a Hat, Vincent publishes tales, poems, and musings about writing and life in his distinctive voice. His curiosity and storytelling type all the time make for attention-grabbing, fulfilling studying, so we’re thrilled to have him as a visitor creator. Take it away, Vincent!
Typing on a pc: simple, quick, and sometimes frivolous. Noun after noun and verb after verb and adjective after adjective and adverb after adverb. I as soon as stated that whereas handwriting is like making love, typing is like having intercourse. (Frightened reader, relaxation assured, I don’t presume to ask you to divorce your pc. Because it occurs, I kind this on mine.)
What I problem you to do is show past doubt that your keyboard possesses that commendable advantage which, in our age of content material overload, makes the distinction between learn and unread writing, and which this composition of mine, although little doubt fulfilling, to this point alarmingly lacks — concision.
For this week’s problem, you should write a fifty-word story. Not 5 thousand, not 5 hundred, however exactly fifty phrases.
Meet the “fifty”
If a novel is a passionate literary affair, one that may final days, weeks, and even months, a fifty is an intriguing sidelong look or, if it’s actually good, an air kiss. Transient, arousing, promising. Better of all, it requires no dedication. It may be learn in only a few seconds and doesn’t take too lengthy to put in writing, both. Which implies that even when Girl Literature (or Mr. Literature) isn’t your standard kind, it is best to nonetheless go a-wooing. Who is aware of what’s going to occur?
I’ve written 137 “fifties” since I began running a blog about two years in the past, and even collected some into a guide. Their literary advantage is questionable, however composing them has definitely helped me enhance my writing. A fifty makes you take note of sentence construction and phrase alternative and challenges you to put in writing largely with verbs and nouns and put off superfluous adjectives and adverbs. Due to the phrase restrict, you possibly can’t present the whole lot. You will need to strike a high-quality stability between exhibiting and telling.
A fifty, very similar to a poem, challenges readers to tie up the unfastened ends, interpret the clean areas between the traces, and use their creativeness to fill within the gaps.
Write your first “fifty”
No guidelines. Simply keep on with the phrase rely — no extra, a minimum of fifty phrases.
- Your fifty could be a condensed narrative, a scene, a dialog, or anything you possibly can think about. It may be written within the first, third, and even second particular person. It may convey a message or let the readers draw their very own conclusions.
- You possibly can look ahead to a flash of inspiration, or you possibly can simply write and discover the story on the web page.
- You shouldn’t suppose an excessive amount of — the truest writing is intuitive.
- Chances are you’ll wish to add a picture that goes properly with the story. When you seize it from the net, do give credit score to the creator or it’s possible you’ll obtain livid emails from the artist, like I’ve.
Although tiny, a “fifty” can result in nice issues. By composing one, you’ll perceive one thing essential about writing, enhancing, and the artistic course of — one thing that an aviator summed up higher than I can:
Perfection is achieved, not when there’s nothing extra so as to add, however when there’s nothing left to remove.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
We will by no means obtain perfection — we’re solely human. But when we aspire to it, we might attain high quality; we might write properly.
So, are you able to inform a narrative in simply fifty phrases?