It’s been an entire year since I assumed the role of administrator for 100 Word Challenge. (Thank you, Jennifer. I am honored to be part of this amazing community of writers.)
Prior to my tenure as moderator, I first starting writing for the 100 Word Challenge in 2010. Spanning two websites, all together I estimate that’s more than 270 words… with only a few rare repeats.
That’s a lot of vocabulary.
Aside from the expansion of my lexicon, and increased ability to find one word that can replace two or three, while engaged in this writing exercise, I have benefitted most from the community of people that has built up around it.
Our 100 Word friends are supportive, encouraging, and when necessary our best proofreaders, editors, and critics.
We’ve had poets and lyricists, horror writers and historians enter the challenge. We’ve been joined by humorists and memoirists, folklore tellers, and fairytale weavers.
We’ve had political satire, testaments of faith, treatises against social injustice, confessions of wrongdoing, and heartbreaking accounts of abuse and assault, all brilliantly told in a mere 100 Words.
Some of the participants have been my online friends for years. I can honestly say that if I didn’t know the name of the author of a piece, I could tell by their writing style.
Whenever a new writer joins, I get a little thrill. New words, new stories, new experiences are like a gift. When a writer leaves the fold, they are sorely missed.
I hope to carry on with the 100 Word Challenge for as long as there are words to share.
“There are few joys to compare with the telling of a well-told tale.” ~ Charles de Lint
This week’s word is:
What to do:
Using “WORD” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.