Flash 500: Unreasonable Constraints II
|Deadline:||Apr 9, 2012|
You may remember with glee, horror, or some strange admixture thereof, the previous Unreasonable Constraints contest, where I tossed out a bunch of letters and had you all write stories.
This week, we're going to do something similar, but a bit more complicated. Instead of tossing out letters, we're going to lose a whole part of speech: the adjective.
Now that sounds a bit crazy--and it probably is--but here's why it can be useful: adjectives often try to achieve effects in writing that can be pulled off in a more concise, effective, and impression-making way without any. This blog post by the Precision Editors Group and this little blurb on Georges Simenon (one of the most prolific and masterful French-language writers of the 20th century) should make clear why and how.
At the same time, though, adjectives clearly serve a useful purpose or we wouldn't have them as a part of speech. So instead of asking you to cut out all adjectives, I'm going to severely limit you to one per hundred words. This will make you only use those adjectives when they count, and figure out more creative ways (stronger verbs, for instance, or more descriptive nouns) to paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind.
So, this week's assignment: write a 500-word (or fewer) piece of fiction or non-fiction which only has one adjective per hundred words.
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|1st prize:||$10 cash via PayPal|
Entries must be received before midnight of Monday, April 9th (UTC time), and winners will be announced within one week of that date.
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