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Re: 100 Word Story

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Sorry Jim, should have taken the assignment literally. So mine are disqualified.
Damn ! Natalie seemed quite promising

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Damn ! Natalie seemed quite promising Jax
Yes, very promising, but ran out of words to finish the story. Crazy assignment.
How frustrated Mozart must have felt when Emperor Franz Joseph declared that his score had too many notes, "Just cut a few and it will be perfect".
Mozart queried, " Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?"
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Yes, very promising, but ran out of words to finish the story. Crazy assignment.
The trick is to add or subtract adjectives and adverbs to 'fine tune' the story length!

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Re: 100 Word Story

Almost a true story:




We sat silently, rocking as the train came to a halt. We kept our eyes down, avoiding contact. We were just waiting to get home.


“Nah mannah nah mah namah. Mah mah nah mah mahnah manah” came the unintelligible announcement. Everyone looked up, sheepishly.


I looked up at the faces around me. Feeling bold, I said “The train is on fire. Please leave by the nearest exit”. There were a couple of short laughs, but people’s heads went down quickly: “look away from the idiot”.


I was embarrassed. But I had the last laugh: I was wearing my fire-retardant underwear.

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“Nah mannah nah mah namah. Mah mah nah mah mahnah manah”
It's a cunning ploy but cheating to pad the story out with gibberish in order to meet the target!

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Re: 100 Word Story

But...but...that was what happened! And, if you look at the syllable count/structure, it matches the words "The train is on fire..." so I think it's valid.




It works much better than:
'We sat silently, rocking as the train came to a halt. We kept our eyes down, avoiding contact. We were just waiting to get home.


The Tannoy barked, moaned and crackled with what sounded like yet another important, unintelligible announcement. Everyone looked up, sheepishly.


I looked up at the faces around me. Feeling bold, I said “The train is on fire. Please leave by the nearest exit”. There were a couple of short laughs, but people’s heads went down quickly: “look away from the idiot'.


I was embarrassed. But I had the last laugh: I was wearingmy fire-retardant underwear."



(just to show it wasn't a ploy!)











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Re: 100 Word Story

OK - I'll allow you that 'Steveee' (and overlook the missing space between "wearing" and "my"! )

(I thought that the thread had died - thanks for resurrecting it.)

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Re: 100 Word Story

Every time I copied and pasted from a Word doc it stuck some words together in every para, and I had to go through and add appropriate spaces. Any ideas how I can stop that?


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Every time I copied and pasted from a Word doc it stuck some words together in every para, and I had to go through and add appropriate spaces. Any ideas how I can stop that?


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In 100 words?

I can paste from Word without any problem, but you need extra paragraph returns to separate paragraph blocks from each other.
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Every time I copied and pasted from a Word doc it stuck some words together in every para, and I had to go through and add appropriate spaces. Any ideas how I can stop that?
I'm not sure - I don't use Word. Maybe a plain text editor like Notepad would be better.

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Try Libra Office.

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Try Libra Office.
I often use Libre Write.

My very, very favourite text editor though is Emacs. If I was only allowed to use one program, Emacs would be it!

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Re: 100 Word Story

I'm disappointed that this thread hasn't taken off in the way I had hoped - I thought that photographers were supposed to be creative and imaginative folk!

In a last attempt to 'jumpstart' it, here's another offering:

The Archaeologist's spade hit something solid. After an hour's hard work he finally had it exposed - gold, silver, precious stones. There was no doubt about it - King John's Treasure lay before him.
Another mystery solved, to be neatly catalogued, labelled and placed on display. He stood there thinking: "In this age of scientific certainties, there are too few romantic tales to dream about by the fireside". He looked around. There was no-one to be seen in the Flat Fenland landscape.
Carefully, so as to leave no trace of his work, he re-buried his find and slowly walked away.

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Re: 100 Word Story

IMO it may have done better had it been more about story telling rather than an arbitary number of words.
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IMO it may have done better had it been more about story telling rather than an arbitary number of words.
What - write a novel?

No, the whole point is to write a 'proper' story of exactly 100 words.

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