Notes from An Alien

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Most Common Words Writing Challenge ~ And, The Winner Is . . .

Blogs are a strange writing medium.

Over time, the single posts become related to each other—through links, tags, and cross-referencing.

Take the Writing Challenge Series:

Post on June 10, 2011Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story…

The Challenge is issued

Post on July 29, 2011First Response To Our Writing Challenge :-)

Someone takes a nibbleone chapter with 100 of the 1200 Most Common English Words is written

Post on March 26, 2012More from The Writing Challenge With The Most Common Words

Someone else enters the Challenge—I get it wrong and think they’re adding two chapters to the first one—nope; new person, two chapters of a new story

Post on April 16, 2012Yet More From The Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common English Words In A Story

The second contestant gets to five chapters—500 of the Most Common Words used—and I create a downloadable file for folks to read

Today’s PostBarbara Blackcinder completes the Challenge—12-chapter-story with 100 of the Most Common Words in each chapter—working from the end of the List to the beginning

And, in case you’re not a link-hopping blog reader, here’s the link that let’s you download the List of The 1200 Most Commonly Used Words In The English Language.

And, here’s a link that let’s you download Chased  by Barbara Blackcinderthe Winner of Our Challenge!! :-)

Plus, Barbara has done us the favor of making the most common words show up Red in the manuscript

Enjoy and, please, come back and leave Barbara some feedback or a comment.
Our Comment Link Is At The Top of The Post :-)
For Private Comments, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com

9 responses to “Most Common Words Writing Challenge ~ And, The Winner Is . . .

  1. Simone Benedict June 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I can’t seem to get that link for “Chase” to work, Alexander.

    I spent some time over at Barbara Blackcinder’s blog. Great writing! Having been stuck in Deadeye for so long, I could relate to the latest story post. I can’t seem to leave my town either.


    • Barbara Blackcinder June 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for the complements Simone. I’m sure Alex will have the link up and running before long, he is a link-master after all. :-)


    • Alexander M Zoltai June 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Gee, Simone, it’s working for me

      It should be opening a box that let’s you select where to download the file.

      If it continues to not work for you, let me know and I’ll email the story to you.


      • Simone Benedict June 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Hooray! Got it. The issue was on my end, I’m sure. Remember, Alexander, my internet provider has informed me our system is being powered by a closet of full of batteries. I’m bearing in mind harvest has begun here so I’ll assume yesterday a few of those batteries were needed out in the fields. Therefore, I had less boogie on-line. x-/


  2. David July 5, 2013 at 4:50 am

    – translating this into a foreign language (I am taking Spanish) is an invaluable exercise for practicing with the most commonly used words!


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