Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Opposites Day

I know I said it would be back to basics for August, but the truth is I get bored easily, so I decided to flip things around this week.  Rather than finding a way to weave certain words into your writing, you’ll be having to avoid the temptation to use the following five most common words in the English language*:

  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. a
  5. to

That’s it.  Five little words that you’re not allowed to use. And because that might be considered, well, a little bit mean, I’ll keep the theme broad (and optional) for this week:


For those of you who are primarily poets (or normally non-fiction writers), and want to stretch your boundaries a little, consider it an added challenge.  For the rest of you, it should be a walk in the park, so no whining!

[* according to this list, also this one (although it ranks them differently); Wiki has a different list altogether, so if you feel like straying from the pack you can use their list instead]

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  1. Janine said,

    August 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Heya. Trying out this new prompt.

    Here’s my link, posted it early coz I’m off for the weekend.


  2. ellefire said,

    August 15, 2008 at 6:48 pm posting this now as out tomorrow with the kids.

  3. noahthegreat said,

    August 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I used “into” I think that’s the only close call.


  4. Paul Darcy said,

    August 16, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Well this week’s offering is pretty short. Keeping up a full lenght story without those five words was just too much strain for this twisted mind. Still, had fun though.

  5. desert rat said,

    August 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Just for kicks, I also avoided using in, it, too & very.

  6. Grondzilla said,

    August 19, 2008 at 12:10 am

    An entry on behalf of ‘Zilla’s Other Half’.

    A Russian Fable

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