Flash 500 Unreasonable Constraint III Challenge
|Deadline:||Aug 25, 2012|
As writers, we’re constantly on the lookout for passive voice. We don’t want things done to our characters; we want our characters doing things. Even technical writing is adopting the unspoken “you” subject with “Select the hyperdooda to enable the thingamajig” over “The hyperdooda is selected, enabling the thingamajig.” We’re encouraged to loathe passive voice like the rude, hairless, rabies-infected bat boy it is.
Which is precisely why this challenge is to write entirely in passive voice.
Subject: The trials and tribulations of a non-human main character. It can be animate or inanimate, alien or animal, just so long as it isn’t human. Flesh out something that makes said non-human character’s life difficult. For example, you could write about how hard it is for a slug not to have thumbs (or arms or legs for that matter).
You will be allowed to use 1 (one, uno, un, ein) active verb per 100 words. If you need some help with passive voice, check out our article on passive and active voice. As usual, you have 500 words (meaning 5 active verbs tops) to tell the story of what makes an inhuman character’s life difficult.
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|1st prize:||$15 cash via PayPal|
Entries must be received before midnight of Saturday, August 25th (UTC time) and the winners will be announced within one week of that date.
Entries must be about the difficulties faced in an inhuman character's life written almost entirely in passive voice. You are allowed 1 active verb per 100 words, but no more than that.
Must be no more than 500 words.
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