WordPlay #13 – “The Parable of the Sword Wielder”

Hello again! Sorry for not posting anything last week. Remember how I said things were not going as I wanted them to? Well, things have changed and now I have a mountain of work on my desk. So, hooray?

For this week, I’m re-posting another WordPlay. Don’t be bothered by its unlucky number, it’s a parable. Nika’s prompts for this one were “frustration” and “down but not out”. Still not sure whether I understood the format or its purpose, any feedback would be much appreciated.

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“Research Conferences for the Unacquainted” – Crappy Writing

I’m currently reading a lot of books to help me write better stuff (in screenplays and otherwise). Some of the exercises lead to – well, unexpected outcomes. This is an example I want to share. The exercise is from the wonderful book “Now Write! Screenwriting”. In it, writer Alexander Woo quotes an exercise from playwright Mac Wellman: “create the worst piece of crap imaginable. (…) the scene has to include a rat sandwich, a character with an emerald-green hoof, and twenty-three occurences – no more, no less – of a seven-syllable word” Challenge accepted! I came up with the following story (?) based on some actual experiences at research conferences (minus the ending). My seven-syllable word is “interdisciplinary”. Comments welcome!

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