Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sounds like a bit of fun

But only if you're a writer!

Blogger friend Elena Solodow is hosting a blogfest through January to celebrate her 100th blog post. The idea is to write a single sentence of 100 words, and post it on your blog some time during January.

100 words? That's as long as some whole essays I used to write at school. No, I didn't get on very well with writing in those days.

And it goes so much against all the accepted rules of good writing. I just recently critiqued a story where one of the common themes was finding ways to chop long sentences into more digestible chunks. Even the longest example I could find, one which left me breathless by the end, only weighed in at 66 words.

My first attempt was way short, at 49 words, so I have a long way to go. This is going to be an interesting challege! Thank you Elena.

See full details on her blog.


  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I apologize for the torture, but it'll hone your skills in the long run...I think : )

  2. Hey Elena, it'll be fun! I mean it :D

    Mammoth sentence is now at 80 words. Just another normal sentence-worth to incorporate...

  3. Hi Ian,
    Now Elena's blogfest sounds like great fun. I did an entire blog composed of just one sentence and it was so thoroughly enjoyable that I noticed that using the conjunction 'and' was a great way to make a sentence run on and on and on..
    Did I mention that I'm into 'grammar anarchy'? I shall go and check out Elena's site. I bet that will thrill her. Or maybe not.
    Have a good week eh :-)

  4. LOL Gary! I might have guessed that you'd be a grammar anarchist! For me, I think the gauntlet has been thrown down and I'm determined to come up with something that is not only (reasonably) grammatically acceptable, but exactly 100 words.


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