Last week one of my lecturers challenged the group with a fascinating warm-up writing activity.
The challenge: we had to write a paragraph without using the letter “e”.
Now e happens to be the most used letter of the alphabet in English. Mmm… we all rose to the challenge and started scribbling. Below is what I came up with:
I am going to swim all night in the dam for it is so hot. I will wallow and splash all through the long dark hours. I will try not to swallow any of that putrid liquid.
I was feeling very pleased with my effort… until… Just as I was about to share my brilliant piece of writing I realised that I had used that inoffensive little word “the.” Not once – but twice.
Now I could correct this little aberration in this way:
I am going to swim all night in
thea dam for it is so hot. I will wallow and splash all through thethis long dark hoursnight. I will try not to swallow any of that putrid liquid.
It is not as easy as it sounds.
Try it as a warm-up activity.
More writing hints can be found here.
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