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So I'm not too big on "gimmicks" in writing, but recently I've been tempted to undertake a project I thought up one afternoon. As some of you may recall I've written 2 books, and am about 1/3 of the way through the the 3rd in the trilogy, plus thinking of cleaning up this journal into a book about Japan. All these are in the process of being edited either by me or others.

But at work one day I came up with a new project that has really stuck in my mind. 101 Stories, 1 Page each. Looking it up online the "standard" is approximately 250 words, in MS Word a standard 8.5 x 11" double spaced is 350 words so single spaced is around 750 words. So I guess it starts with me defining what I mean by "a page". If I go with a "traditional page", I'm not sure if I can write a story in 250 words -- let alone 101 of them. Perhaps I'll give it a shot.
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Date:December 8th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Constrained writing is a wonderful thing. It gives you focus and really helps build your skill.

I'm going to use my journal, cleaned up of course, as the second and third book of my little adventure. The first one is mostly written except for a few parts... which are a bit painful. My new years resolution (which I am starting early on) is to kickstart my writing.

I would start with 500 or so words. That's about how I judge a page. I tend to go in increments of thereabouts or so.
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Date:December 11th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun! Good luck. As another poster mentioned, constrained writing really helps one focus and narrow down what one wants to say. Occasionally I would receive assignments for one or two pages in a magazine, which is very doable. But sometimes I'd be given a 100-word assignment, and I don't care how succinct you are, recommending or discouraging a purchase can be hard to do using such a tight word limit!

I did it, though, and it really helped me learn how to efficiently tackle a thesis without going on, and on, and on, and...

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