After a good experience at the Words and Stitches workshop, I joined the Jelly Writers club and managed my first meeting (November 14th). Structure of the session was the same – opening with a five minute burst of continuous writing before starting on some properly challenging exercises.
Lipogram – theme of ‘Birthday party’ excluding the letter A
A lipogram is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting in writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided—usually a common vowel, and frequently E, the most common letter in the English language. Larousse defines a lipogram as a “literary work in which one compels oneself strictly to exclude one or several letters of the alphabet.”
[[Lipogram – Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia]]
This was tricky and I almost succeeded – just one ‘a’ made it past me I’m sure you’ll spot it). Losing the letter A and the pressure of the clock really restricted what words I could use and the language doesn’t read quite right. Obviously, with more time, better words would be found to make the read less jarring.
Presently people will turn up to be involved in the joy I feel every twelve months.
It’s the repetition of an event which is close to my mother when she remembers the birth of her lovely son.
Twelve months in the cycle to bring me further through life. No going in reverse.
“Come in! There is still time to receive food with drinks. Not gone yet. Sit where you like.”
“For me? You’re too kind. How did you know I needed one of these?”
“How did your event go? Sorry I could not get there. I hope the present didn’t get lost in the post. It did? Oh, I’m so sorry to know. I will get it from the shops tomorrow to deliver in person next week.”
Rhopalism – theme of buying coffee where each line increases by one word
The art or skill of writing verse in which each successive word in a line is longer by one syllable than the preceding word or in which each line of verse is longer by a syllable or a metrical foot than the preceding line.
[[Rhopalism – the Free Dictionary]]
This wasn’t too bad. One other writer felt that she was hampered by not having a plan. I found that amusing as I didn’t realise my story was set at the beach until after line 10.
Buying a Coffee
Today is hot.
We need some refreshments.
“How about an iced coffee?”
“That certainly sounds a great idea.”
“Hello. Two iced coffees to drink in.”
“Would you please grab a couple of chairs?”
My feet are killing me. Why did we walk?
Next time we’ll take the bus as it’s too far.
“I didn’t realise how many miles it was to the pier.”
“You just admit, though, that it was lovely walking along the beach.”
“Yes, but it now feels like my shoes are full of small pebbles.
Wait a moment whilst I take them outside the shop for a good shake.”
There is now a small desert of sand outside the door after all that walking.
Tautogram – theme of visiting a restaurant in M
A tautogram is a text in which all words start with the same letter. Historically, tautograms were mostly poetical forms. The difference between a tautogram and alliteration is that tautograms are a written, visual phenomenon, whereas alliterations are a phonetic one.
[[Tautogram – Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia]]
Hard work indeed to write something which makes sense, especially if you want to avoid using repetition too soon.
Many meals make man mightily massive.
Much munching must mean meatballs make my mealtime most memorable.
Must menus mention most meat?
Roll on next week 🙂
And I promise to bring money for the coffee.