Lipograms

I never heard of lipograms until I read about them on Scribophile (my online critique group) and from ED Martin, also on Scribophile (check out her blog at http://flotsamandjetsamandderelictme.blogspot.com/).

A lipogram is writing that deliberately excludes a letter or letters of the alphabet. An artificial constraint, but a fun one: you never know where your thoughts will go when you’re forced to think a different way. I think writing prompts function that way a lot for me – I tend to come up with something unexpected every time.

So, I’ll try it – will you try it with me?

Let’s say: no e? On any topic? Even a sentence or two?

Ally stands on a plank, balancing as it tips right and back, shifting across its bulk. Ally’s work boot grips it hard…

OH MY GOSH. I AM HORRIBLE AT THIS.

Two cats sniff at him, figuring his possibility. Food?

EVEN WORSE.

Yoga was tough. Warrior One, Warrior Two, Sivansana, Mountain, Downward Dog…. Why yoga? Just for Brody?

Brody wasn’t fascinating, wasn’t intriguing. But Brody was h-o-t hot. So Thursday nights, 7 o’clock, yoga.

His mat was pink, a funny color for a manly man. But pink didn’t diminish his masculinity and, um, body.

OKAY, IT’S A START, RIGHT?

NOW YOU DO IT. Pretty please? For me?

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2 responses to “Lipograms

  1. A lipogram, and your constraint, isn’t too hard. Frustrating. Infuriating. No aim, and possibly a stupid pointless string of words. But not hard. 🙂

    Try without half of all squiggly symbols in words. (Okay, that last part was hard without saying *looks around cautiously* “alphabet” or “letters.”)

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