Look! It’s a lipogram minus that fifth symbol in our Anglo-Saxon syllabary!
My last post about not using ‘a’ in my writing was fairly fruitful. But now a similar trial has found its way onto my lap(top). My task? To draft a lipogram without using that fifth symbol in our Anglo-Saxon syllabary at any point in my post.
I told you so!
Why am I doing this ridiculously tricky task? A pal said that I should.
To his mind my prior post was too straightforward and had nothing to it.
Don’t assign any “A’s” to your writing? No probs! Any fool with a modicum of insight and imagination can do that!
But that fifth symbol. That sign that is customarily found in our writing. Omitting that is a fitting confirmation of skill (and impulsivity).
Prior to this I thought I was foolhardy. Now I know that I am just a stubborn ass in my pursuit of lipogrammatic triumph.
I want to say to my old amigo “I told you so! I told you I could do it!”
So it’s onwards and upwards from this point forward.
THIS is strikingly difficult.
But still a fantastic brain workout.
As with my last post of this kind, I truly savour how writing drills of this sort focus your mind. By imposing limitations and constraints on your work you ask that your brain think in distinct ways to find solutions.
It boosts your vocabulary too!
Any author or artistic individual will find this kind of activity fulfilling and possibly a bit hooking.
I know I do!
Mostly to confirm that I can actually accomplish such a tortuous task.
This is why YOU should try it.
Lipograms afford you an opportunity to amplify your capacity with words.
If you blog, you must try this task.
If you find joy in writing, you will fancy giving this a go.
If nothing, it’s a fantastic distraction from doing actual work! I think that is a major contributing factor to my frolics with lipograms.
As with anything you do, it’s a bit of a thrill to find triumph in any taxing task.
Writing this lipogram was fun.
And that’s most important.
I found I was grinning on many occasions during my writing. Such silly actions can add fun to a working day, and possibly stop it from spiralling down into banality.
It’s a way of splitting up that long list of tasks you must finish, with original and unusual thinking. It might aid you in accomplishing your goals by providing you with a surprisingly vanguard approach to your work.
Writing should thrill you.
So add fun to it!
Assist and boost your brain into thinking in distinct ways. If your writing is stagnant you will find this kind of activity handy. It’s a practical way out of mind rot.
Why not play along? Do your own lipogram.
Push your mind and your words to work for you.
So, in conclusion…
I want to proclaim this as a linguistic victory.
I’m as proud as a bird with ridiculously long tail quills!
Originally published at Gareth Alvarez.