Exercise from Story Club with George Saunders. (Related entries: The Opposite of Worry and The 200/50 Exercise)
Here's the rules:
- Set a timer for 45 minutes.
- Write a 200-word story. But (and here’s the trick), it has to be exactly 200 words long (not 199, not 201)
- You can only use 50 unique words in the process.
And to clarify — the point is not to overwrite and cut back...rather, write “up to” the 200 words. - George
The website keeps track of time, word count, and unique word count. We use a simple method to determine/separate words, but hopefully it'll be easier than manually keeping track of each word.
Nothing you write on here is shared or uploaded anywhere. It'll try to auto-save to your browser just in case you accidentally refresh the page. This website is not affiliated with George Saunders. I just like Story Club.
Created by Jamie Crisman