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August “100 Words Or Less” Writing Challenge:
This month we take a short summer “vacation” from creating words from pictures and turn, instead, to writing words from (gasp) the heart.
Possibly no literary image is more apropos to words written from the heart than the word “manifesto.” The U.S, Declaration of Independence (July, 1776) is perhaps our country's most memorable manifesto. July seems a good month for writing manifestos.
But manifestos aren't just about politics or class conflict; they're also about being good and doing the “right” thing. The Holstee Company, an eco-friendly clothing manufacturer, wanted to keep themselves on the “right” track and its founders wrote this:
Did you know that there's a “Writer's Manifesto?” Several, in fact. Here's just one:
All of which brings us to this month's “100 Words Or Less” Writing Challenge.” Using the above manifestos as guidelines, write a manifesto for the Alameda Writers Group! (It's somewhat embarrassing that, after twenty years, we don't have one.) Here's the basic format - all you have to do is change the words:
Today, we write a manifesto.
Today, our second sentence starts with the first word of the first sentence.
We write a short sentence.
Then a shorter one.
Then a really long one that maybe doesn't make any sense but is immediately followed by
Then we make our point even clearer.
By using fragmented prepositional phrases.
By repeating that first preposition.
By doing it a total of three times.
And then we have another really long sentence that builds up excitement for our overarching concept that is summed up in a word that makes absolutely no sense.
Did you notice that the example had exactly 100 words?
Your challenge: Write a stirring manifesto for the Alameda Writers Group! Write it in 100 Words Or Less.
How to enter: Simply fill in your entry as a "comment" to this blog (below), then click on "Add comment." One entry will naturally follow another as they're added, so we can enjoy each one and see who the author is. AWG members are restricted to one entry and one entry only.
All entries will posted at our September 8th General Membership Meeting at the Glendale Central Library. Everyone attending will have to opportunity to vote for the entry he or she feels best represents the writing spirit of the Alameda Writers Group!
In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the AWG Presidents Circle.
Deadline is Thursday, September 6th at 12 noon.
Good luck and have fun!