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Wednesday, December 8, 2004


In honor of the fitaly keyboard, I'm thinking of writing a story using only the letters in "italnedors" (which, together with space, comprise 73.4% of keystrokes). Or possibly "italnedorschum" (84%).

No "you". No "own". No "delight". No "say". No "false". No "right". No "wrong". No "joy". No "fear". No "sorrow".

And, interestingly, no characters that drop below the line, like "gpqjy" do. Which will make the story look odd on the page, perhaps?

(Thanks to Toby for this idea).

Posted by benrosen at December 8, 2004 11:45 AM | Up to blog

Interesting! A cool challenge, although it does also seem a little odd to try to limit yourself. It kind of reminds me of the silly threat "I could beat you with one hand tied behind my back!" :)

Posted by: Levi Wallach at December 8, 2004 03:01 PM

Constraints are good for creativity. It's in some ways much easier to write "a sonnet" than just "a poem". And I always like when editors give me specific requests, like "I need a metafictional zeppelin adventure story", or "I need an 800-word story about fatherhood".

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at December 8, 2004 03:06 PM

Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat using a pre-limited list of 220 words. Have fun, Ben - should be an interesting excercise :)

Posted by: Matt Hulan at December 9, 2004 11:47 AM
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