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20th Sep '16 4:07:47 PM Bisected8
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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist; see TheAllConcealingI) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.

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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist; see TheAllConcealingI) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); way; E is the most commonly used because it's the most commonly used vowel in several languages); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.



* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)

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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can leaves out the letter E, and also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)has well recieved translations in most other European languages.
19th Sep '16 11:04:01 AM shokoshu
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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs.

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* ''Literature/AVoid'' (and ''La Disparition'', its Gallic original) shows a lack of fifth glyphs. (You can also buy a Kraut translation which is brilliant)
3rd Jun '16 12:05:58 AM PaulA
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* As explained in an afterword, ''Literature/TheSquaresOfTheCity'' by Creator/JohnBrunner is based on a chess game (specifically the 1892 world championship game between Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin), with key characters representing various pieces and their interactions representing their positions; when a piece has the potential to take another piece, this is echoed in the story with one character being under threat from another, and when a piece is taken, the corresponding character is "taken out of the game" by death or imprisonment.
29th Feb '16 3:14:07 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Wonderful Town'', Ruth says that the letter "W" fell off her typewriter after she wrote her thesis on Creator/WaltWhitman, making herself "the only author who never uses a 'w.'"

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* In ''Wonderful Town'', ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth says that the letter "W" fell off her typewriter after she wrote her thesis on Creator/WaltWhitman, making herself "the only author who never uses a 'w.'"
4th Dec '15 11:19:28 PM MikeRosoft
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* The Czech author Jan Werich wrote "a constrained tale using monosyllabic words, or a praise of the Czech language".
12th Nov '15 6:38:14 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Wonderful Town'', Ruth says that the letter "W" fell off her typewriter after she wrote her thesis on Creator/WaltWhitman, making herself "the only author who never uses a 'w.'"
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5th Nov '15 5:54:19 AM LordOfTheSword
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-> ''(left hand side of keyboard) Ferret sex at great rates Alt Text''

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-> ''(left hand side of keyboard) Ferret sex at great rates Alt Text''rates''
5th Nov '15 5:53:54 AM LordOfTheSword
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-> ''(left hand side of keyboard) Ferret sex at great rates Alt Text''
-> ''(right hand side of keyboard) Buy my puppy milk, LOL''
-> ''(home row of keyboard) Galahad has a Flash SSD''
-> ''(top row of keyboard) We owe it to you to pepper your puppy''
--> ''[[Blog/WhatIf What If]]'', [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/75/ Keyboard]]
5th Jul '15 5:51:34 AM Folamh3
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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.

Remember this applies to any challenge imposed on the author by themselves, so normal deadlines and schedules don't count, though improvising with limited resources or using a particularly strict time limit does.

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This is when an author writes in an atypical pattern. The reasons for this can vary, from LeaningOnTheFourthWall (if it's related to the story in some way), to keeping certain plot points and twists hidden to the very end (e.g. avoiding gender pronouns for a SamusIsAGirl twist) twist; see TheAllConcealingI) to simply being a stylistic choice. Some types of self-imposed challenges include writing in a particular metre, or making each line a letter longer than the one that preceded it; writing in code (e.g. replacing words with ones that appear a few places afterwards in the dictionary); avoiding certain common letters (the correct term for this is a lipogram, by the way); using words that display some sort of complex pattern (e.g. making large chunks of the story alliterative or in [[FunWithPalindromes palindromes]]); drabbles (stories of precisely 100 words) and many more.

Remember this applies to any challenge imposed on the author by themselves, so normal deadlines and schedules don't count, though improvising with limited resources or using a particularly strict time limit does.
does (see UsefulNotes/NaNoWriMo for one example).
20th Jun '15 8:24:12 PM Lythande
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* In her first ''Literature/{{Lythande}} short story, "The Secret of the Blue Star", written for ''Literature/ThievesWorld'', Creator/MarionZimmerBradley carefully tried to [[spoiler: avoid referring to the gender of the magician Lythande to conceal the TwistEnding that [[SamusIsAGirl Lythande is a woman]].]] She did slip up at one point, however:

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* In her first ''Literature/{{Lythande}} ''Literature/{{Lythande}}'' short story, "The Secret of the Blue Star", written for ''Literature/ThievesWorld'', Creator/MarionZimmerBradley carefully tried to [[spoiler: avoid referring to the gender of the magician Lythande to conceal the TwistEnding that [[SamusIsAGirl Lythande is a woman]].]] She did slip up at one point, however:
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