Tagged with constraints

Absence here, presence there

I took an unannounced and approximately three-week break from this blog to focus on a few issues, projects, and priorities but I’m back and excited for a few entries coming up this month to wrap up the year. The following are in the pipe: Wrapping up last month’s NaNoWriMo. Wrapping up my first semester teaching … Continue reading

“You words are dead to me,” I [something besides ‘said’].

I apparently don’t agree with the North Carolina school systems. Deciding to give stumbleupon a try, I searched for “writing” and found a link to the Iredell-Stateseville school system website’s list of other words for “said.” The list includes words like “acknowledged,” “lectured,” “reassured,” “emphasized,” and “grinned.” Grinned? “Grinned” isn’t a synonym for “said,” it’s … Continue reading

Flash fiction

For those out there struggling with taking the time to sit down and write a Scrawl, this story was written in 5-10 minutes. One of the most convenient techniques for Scrawling is to use the form called flash fiction. Just jot something down. Don’t worry about all the details, structure, or even the storyline. Just … Continue reading

Constraints-based writing

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently is: “Why 100 words?” It’s a fair question; one we’ve thought about considerably over the past months. We believe in the power of action. With some activities, just doing it is enough to just keep doing it. Writing particularly falls into this category. Whether one has an … Continue reading