Writing Challenge: How Many Times Can You Rewrite the Same Old Boring Story?

Hello, everybody!

Those of you sometimes visit my blog might be aware that where I am we have returned to full lockdown – very boring! So partly to avoid going bonkers I restarted my Lockdown Diaries but very soon (as in a couple of days) I realised that there’s nothing particularly worthwhile to write about because let’s face it, nothing particularly worthwhile happens. This put me in mind of a book by a French author:

Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau

This book is an old favourite of mine, I first read it back in grammar school (in Hungarian then) and a few years ago I got myself an English copy. I’m sure it would be best in French but I can’t read French. 🙂

The book is basically the retelling of an boring and bland incident, a couple of paragraphs long, in ninety-nine different styles. So I took a leaf out of Queneau’s book, so to speak, and devised my own writing challenge – to write each day’s lockdown diary entry in one of these styles. I find it quite entertaining and perhaps you might be interested in trying your hand at it?

If you do, please join in either by writing an entry in the same style each day and leave it in the comments on my blog, or if you prefer, write it on your own blog and link to my blog’s entry for that style and/or leave a message for me in the comments so that I can read your entry!

Please note, this is not a competition with prizes, it’s just a bit of fun and a chance to experiment with different writing styles… which all bloggers can benefit from!

You can read yesterday’s entry here: Lockdown Diaries II, Day 7: You Know

(I usually publish the new entries between 4 or 6 pm GMT (when I finished my daily work).

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