100 Word Challenge – Week #16 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups!

13 Jul

Why does it always happen that way?

Each morning I face a new day full of hopes I’ll write the greatest novel ever written. My day passes with simple words scribbled and doodles drawn.

At last the procrastination ends and I make a start…

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

What? Oh, come on! Not that cliché again. That scribbling is thrown away and I start again.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Not that one you literate illiterate. It’s been done before.

Life is tough when you’re just the pen in the hand of the world’s worst novelist.


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7 responses to “100 Word Challenge – Week #16 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups!

  1. Clare Powell

    July 13, 2011 at 07:33

    Great take, writing from the point of view of a pen…. I wonder if the pen will ever be replaced by the computer?

  2. Ross Mannell

    July 13, 2011 at 08:01

    It seemed to me the pen was more suitable than the keyboard for this story. 🙂

  3. jfb57

    July 13, 2011 at 18:56

    Many thanks for stepping up to the challenge Ross. I like the atmosphere of positivity that is then dashed as you move from one to the other. Just a word about the prompt. As you know from all the children’s entries you’ve read, it should be in the piece not used as a title. Hope you have a go next week. Let’s see if we can match the number of entries that the children provide! Thanks again!

    • Ross Mannell

      July 13, 2011 at 21:23

      The prompt wasn’t meant to be the title. It was simply a formatting issue. 🙂 The title was what appears on the 100WC page. Reformatting has been done to the post to make all text appear the same in the 106 words.

  4. Anna Halford

    July 14, 2011 at 02:25

    Very relevant with all the news about handwriting being dropped in some American states. Long live the pen.

  5. maxine

    July 18, 2011 at 01:51

    Now its your turn to receive comments and for us to see how the professionals do it! I have read so many comments that you have made on the childrens work. You will be pleased to hear I really liked your idea. I especially like ‘you literate illiterate’ might use that myself in the future if you don’t mind….

    • Ross Mannell

      July 18, 2011 at 05:41

      If you find “you literate illiterate” to be of any use, no problem. It was a way of expressing frustration with a fictional person who seemed to know some of the great works but had no idea how to apply that knowledge. As Bloom’s Taxonomy would have it, the person holding the pen can’t seem to get past lower order thinking skills. 🙂


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