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100 Words


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How many words does it take to express an idea? Fewer, I suspect, than we all imagine. I like the idea of writing challenges that narrow our options, that offer constraints that turn into freedoms. This is a challenge to write one hundred pieces of ‘100 words’. One hundred days — not necessarily consecutive days — of ideas and thoughts, bounded by a single constraint. 100 words, no more, no less.

And so it begins.

One hundred words. Is that enough? For what? Excellent question. For great writers, the volume rarely matters. Legend suggests that Hemingway mastered short tales. ‘For Sale: baby shoes, never worn’. Exquisite. But can great thinking be expressed in few words? ‘I have a dream’. Words echoing through time. ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’, just three words. Divide the world into three-metre squares and three words can pinpoint emergencies, save lives or deliver a copy of ‘The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway’ to a yurt in Mongolia. You don’t need one hundred words to say ‘I Love You’. Magical, meaningful words.




100 Days x 100 Words

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