Friday, September 24, 2010

One hundred words.

I sometimes do a writing exercise in which I limit myself to 100 words. I typically start by jotting down adjectives, nouns, and verbs that come to mind when I consider the concept about which I intend to write. Then I string them together with prepositions and pronouns and all that, and condense. I don't write for a career or anything, but I often find that it helps when I'm trying to figure out what I want to say and I have too many thoughts bouncing around my head.

Below is the last one I did - about a month and a half ago, shortly before I moved 400 miles away from my boyfriend.

Dawn creeps silently over the horizon as I watch him sleep; his breathing is calm and steady. I have grown accustomed to his snoring - there is a comfort in it and I will miss it when I am gone. He stirs as I snuggle against him. I rest my head upon his shoulder and drape my arm across his chest. He grasps my hand in his and I feel right where I belong. I have learned to cherish these moments. I will not make the same mistake as I did before, for these moments may never be mine again.

14 comments:

  1. @Vickie - It is :( But things are working out okay so far! I just hated to give up our day-to-day life together.

    @reflect - You don't have to! I use Microsoft Word to do a word count before I post them anywhere, should I choose to do so. :D

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  2. Nice, I can't make a decent story/anything in 500+ words let along 100.....

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  3. Stories are so involved and often confusing.

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  4. If you have to many thoughts 'bouncing in your head', like you say, you could may tray to meditate; at least it helps me sometimes to calm down. I very like your writing, by the way.

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  5. Tch, writing is my one and only weakness. Good post bro.

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  6. "Creativity comes from constraint" - biz stone
    Lovely.

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  7. That was so beautiful man. I like reading beautiful short things, but long things never seem to make it past the larva.

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  8. I'll have to try that out sometime

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  9. Better than I could ever do, really enjoyed it.

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  10. 100 words. That's a pretty interesting concept. It seems to me that you have a knack for writing. Any tips? I figure that starting a blog on it's own would make my writing skills a bit sharper.

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