Saturday, 7 December 2013

100 word story

I decided to enter the Reader's Digest 100 word story competition. The rules are simple: write a story in exactly one hundred words. Here's my entry:

I cannot write, he thought. The empty laptop screen radiated white heat. I cannot write, he typed. The text cursor halted abruptly, blinking impatiently. Brain empty now. His fingers hovered motionless, petrified over unpressed keys. Minutes passed, hours, maybe days. He gave in to stock words, idle text, anything to quell the silence. He wrote of quick brown foxes and lazy dogs, of jumping and falling and sweeping and soaring until his words took to skies of their own. The word count increased, the workload reduced; he was spent. He snapped the lid firmly shut. “I cannot write,” he sighed.

Closing date is January 31st.

This is Frisk,
Signing off.


Damn, I'm bad at updating this blog...

A couple of weeks ago I received feedback for the first assignment of my writing course. I shall not reprint the whole appraisal here but shall instead reveal the most interesting except:

"This is certainly a highly effective piece of descriptive writing, with some rich imagery an a good sense of atmosphere. However, I can't help feeling there is a slight tendency to overwrite - to choose and use words or phrases for literary effect rather than simple communication. This means you run the risk of writing above the heads of your prospective audience."

Yeah. That sounds like something I would do. But in my defence the piece I wrote doesn't strike me as hard to read. Sure there's probably some pretentious use of certain words but I'd be surprised if anyone at all read this work and didn't know what I was going on about. Or am I severely overestimating my audience? Not that this piece had an intended audience; it was written purely to describe a location. Had I been writing an extract for children this would have indeed been a fair comment.

This is not bitterness but rather a deconstruction. I absolutely agree and accept the criticism; I like to add a certain poetic bent to my writing which could be problematic for certain genres/audiences. My tutor goes on to say that the first assignment is merely to test the water and isn't a true indication of an individual's abilities. He also commends my ability to establish physical details, outline the situation, generate atmosphere and, rather confusingly, to communicate my thoughts and ideas. Huh, not so hyperbolic now?

All in all a good start that I am pleased with. Now on to assignment two!

This is Frisk,
Signing off.