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#5 Can You Tell a Story in 25 Words Or Less? Come and Give it a Try. (No Self Promo)


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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 8:19:17 AM PDT
Michael!!!!

No, no. Your translation was perfect. I was teasing you, because in Spanish grande means large. I'm sorry you deleted your post.

I know you wouldn't say anything hurtful to me. Now I'm sorry I teased you because I made you feel bad. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 8:22:10 AM PDT
Michael~

I never think anyone's trying to insult me (unless it's really obvious). I don't take offense at what people say and I would NEVER need to forgive you for anything. Please remember I love to take words and have fun with them. That's all I was doing. But you are very sweet and I adore you. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 8:35:31 AM PDT
Anna, thank you for clarifying the situation. I will not be trying the translation thing again though, just in case. ;-)

Again, you are the greatest and I love 25WOL.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 8:38:32 AM PDT
Ku says:
Re the four-letter words:

Amazon is a pretty cutting-edge company. I wouldn't be surprised if they'd managed to harness this scientific breakthrough:

"Baboons can recognise four-letter words on a computer screen, according to scientists in France."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17676129

Maybe they get a treat for recognizing and deleting the posts.

Who can say? I certainly can't.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 9:06:19 AM PDT
I love the idea of a baboon reading my posts. Beats some of the people who have responded to me! (No one here, of course!!!!!)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 9:19:30 AM PDT
Ku says:
"I love the idea of a baboon reading my posts."

Yeah, it's a sweet image.

I've been wondering if good movie scripts should be based on successions of this 25-word rule of yours.

25 words per scene.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 9:24:02 AM PDT
That would be cool. A lot of books could be improved by this rule, too.

I've read that when packing for a trip you should pack your suitcase and then take half of everything you packed out. Authors could probably benefit from this. Write a book, remove half of it!

When I write my story I first write it, then count the words and delete and rewrite to get it within 25 words or less. And my final story is always better than what I started with.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 9:52:30 AM PDT
Derek Powell says:
"Oh, it's perfectly safe. What harm could a baboon do in front of a computer?"
But then, the baboon started typing.

Twilight

Chapter One...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 9:52:56 AM PDT
Ku says:
Hmm, interesting.

I'll have to try that next time I get a creative urge.

Last time I wrote was 8 years ago. Three lil plays. Not published, of course.

Methinks I should've used the 25-word rule then.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 11:43:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 11:59:05 AM PDT
There once was a snail crossing the road.

Half way across, he was run over by a Semi.

End of story !

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Posted on Apr 14, 2012 12:17:16 PM PDT
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houstonpaula says:
Pick up suit at cleaners, check. Hang garment, close car door and weep. He
always felt safe. His wake is tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:23:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:49:30 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
@Anna, Ku -- Re: Books improved by 25WOL "rule"? --

Theese eez my final pontification of the day. (cups hands to ears, listens for cheers)
Comparitive Literature 101: Is terse writing great writing?

Oldog, 25WOL:
"Kim, impoverished bastard white boy burned black by the Indian sun, relished his role as stealthy courier of romantic intrigues in the dark of night."

Rudyard Kipling, classically wordy, wordy, wordy:
"Though he was burned black as any native ... Kim was white - a poor white of the very poorest ... His nickname through the wards was 'Little Friend of all the World'; and very often, being lithe and inconspicuous, he executed commissions by night on the crowded housetops for sleek and shiny young men of fashion. It was intrigue, - of course he knew that much, as he had known all evil since he could speak, - but what he loved was the game for its own sake - the stealthy prowl through the dark gullies and lanes, the crawl up the waterpipe, the sights and sounds of the women's world on the flat roofs, and the headlong flight from housetop to housetop under cover of the hot dark."

( OMG, I wish I could write like that !!! )

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:54:04 PM PDT
Oh, I love this. How exciting and scary will it get? *Anna goes off in search of her favorite stuffed animal so she'll be safe.*

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:56:21 PM PDT
Of course there is more to writing than being brief. But if someone is writing only for gain or lasting fame I'm not sure their work is going to be that great. But what do I know? I'm just a reader. And happy to stay that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 12:57:30 PM PDT
Can you add the challenge word: safe? Then your story would be complete and wonderful! Well, except for the snail. :(

Welcome! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 1:06:59 PM PDT
That sounds good. No time like the present.

New challenge is up:

http://www.amazon.com/forum/fiction/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1X9OILUVOYVZ7&cdThread=TxJ4AYKH696VQJ

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 1:08:43 PM PDT
I like your story very much, houstonpaula. But this challenge has a word that you must incorporate into your story. The word is: safe. Can you rewrite your story to include it? Thanks!

And welcome!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 1:09:30 PM PDT
I can't believe I am so dense that I didn't get the connection!

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 6:49:07 PM PDT
houstonpaula says:
Pick up his suit from cleaners, done! Hang garment, close car door, break down and cry. He always said he felt safe. Wake is tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 6:55:15 PM PDT
Thanks, houstonpaula. Your story really touches me. I'm glad you joined us.
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