Writing control exercise

Today, I thought I would post a game I like to play with myself to learn how to control my writing.

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, and we were discussing how there are certain words in English that we use so often that we no longer hear them when they are used.  This got me thinking that if we don’t hear them, we no longer control their use.  For this reason, I came up with an exercise to practice control.

Write a paragraph using 100 words, or more.  It must be free written first, and then rewritten once.  There are only two catches. One is it must make sense, and two, “The” cannot be used anywhere.  I have posted my example below.

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I don’t know if you know this, but I don’t like writing blogs on an empty stomach.  Every time I sit down at my computer to write, I always have some kind of snack.  I first went with popcorn, but that just made me thirsty. After that, I went with sunflower seeds, but I became allergic to them. Now I’m trying snack crackers with peanut butter. Who knows what I will have next week, after all, my mood for food changes so quickly that I don’t know what I will feel like, but I haven’t had beef jerky in a while.

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Before my rewrite I found five uses of “the”, I was able to change.

Challenge:  Try this exercise and see how many times you use “the” before you rewrite your paragraph.


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4 Responses to “Writing control exercise”

  1. Carol Says:

    Hmmm. Interesting. I shall try this excercise! Thanks, Allen!

  2. cruizen4u (Cindy) Says:

    At first I wondered if I could do it. Then when I did somehow even I felt the paragraph I wrote flowed very well!
    Thank you…

    • apb148 Says:

      When I first came up with the exercise, I wondered the same thing. It’s not too bad as a confidence booster. Thank you for your comment.

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