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Thursday, December 30th, 2004
4:23 am - What is going on with yourstories?

I think we can get some inspiration from the forum that I moderate, Inside Pulse. Basically, what I envisioned happening here has happened there quite successfully. Check out some of the neat writing experiments that we've started up there, including the "Writing with Restrictions" series, the MSA game, Syllables, Complete the Sentence, The Rhyme Game, among others. I am "Chaos" there, so sign up and post here: http://www.insidepulse.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=creative

This might help us to get some inspiration going for this community here.

(restrict me!)

Friday, May 28th, 2004
1:53 am - It's storytime!


This site is gonna get some pimpin' and exposure. Be prepared for the seeds to germinate, the words to ovulate, and the stories to sizzle. It's gonna be one HOT summer, and that's a fact. For real.

Ok, it's storytime. But not just any storytime. No! This isn't Mother Goose and Grimm. This isn't Snow White and the Seven Dwarves! This is YOUR time to shine! These are YOUR STORIES.

Here's this week's restriction: Pivot objects like briefcases, umbrellas, and lipstick, can help give your characters more character and personality. Choose your favorite pivot object and write a short story using the object to drive the story and characters.

So bring it on and we'll bring it back!

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Thursday, April 1st, 2004
2:48 am - A challenge


While I was at a spoken language poetry reading a few years ago, a guy mentioned that a friend of his managed to write a two hundred page novel without using the letter "e" once.  I didn't believe him at first, but when he read an excerpt from it, I found it to be astounding and clever.  The patience and perserverence it must have taken to write such a story is unimaginable, not to mention the time it might take.

So here's my challenge to you.  Write a short story (it can be as short as a paragraph or as long as a Steinbeck novel) below without using the letter "e" once.  That's the only restriction.

You'd be surprised at how creative you can get when writing with this constraint.  Have fun! :)

(restrict me!)

Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
5:35 am - A Caterpillar and a Penny


Thanks for visiting yourstories, the only lj writing community devoted to writing under restrictions. Before posting, be sure to read the rules

If you would like to post, first join the community, and then click on the pencil icon on top of the info page or just click here

Without furdue adieu, I'll post the first challenge.

Suppose you are out on a hike in the Anzaborrego desert when suddenly you lose your balance and fall face first into the dirt, nearly crushing a caterpillar on your way down.

Within the blink of an eye, you have shrunk down to the size of a speck of dust on the penny, facing the side of this giant insect.

Challenge: Continue the story, although you don't have to complete it.  If you're feeling really creative, write it out as a poem. 

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