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Writing by numbers: 100

Thursday 21 February 2002

The idea behind 100 words is simple: Write 100 words, no more, no less, every day.

This project was started with two participants on January 1, 2001, and lasted 100 days. It was a success. Each participant’s entries could be read straight through, Day 1 to Day 100, yielding a staccato-paced, erratic diary, or they could be read side-by-side, offering standalone entries, words and themes often intersecting by chance, circumstance or mood..

Doing it every day is too rigorous for me, but there is pleasure in polishing pieces to an exact length: Go to my story-in-eight-photos of an overland trip in 1972 and count the words in each caption.

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