Day 17: Camouflage

5 thoughts on “Day 17: Camouflage”

  1. You know, I really, really love this. I read it over the weekend (got behind after a week without internet) and keep returning to it in my mind. Beautiful touching thoughts, beautifully executed. Thank you.

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  2. That’s astonishing, what did you do, actually stick something over the it, or think about every word as you went, or write it with them in then go through and eliminate and replace every word that contained them?

    It makes the writing really interesting even without knowing what you’ve done, kind of oblique and imaginative. And you’re so modest and discreet about it, I don’t think I could do that without shouting about how I’d achieved it!

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  3. Janice and Lucy, thank you! I’m surprised and happy that you both liked this post so much.

    Lucy, your speculations on how I wrote it have given me more ideas for future practice writes. I never would’ve thought of putting something over the “t” on the keyboard, although I love that idea. I was thinking about the ways I disguise aspects of writing I’m not good at by emphasizing the other things that I’m better at, and I decided to force myself to do the same thing, but on the level of the word, and make it especially hard by leaving out a very common letter. So I held that rule in my mind as I began to write, going over every word choice in my mind as I went along. Even so, at the end, I did a search for the letter “t” and was shocked to see that I’d left in something like five or six of them, all of which needed to replaced with other words.

    The very cool thing about the exercise (as you pointed out, Lucy) is that it makes the writing mysterious, but in a way that’s hard to pin down. It exercises parts of your writing brain that don’t get used much.

    If you try it or something similar, let me know how it goes. I’m interested.

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