Prompt 10/23/12: Read My Lippograms

E T A O I N S R H L D C

In writing, the formal constraints we are most used to usually revolve around rhymes schemes. While rhyme schemes are pretty and all, it can be weird and useful to learn how to think about English (or whatever language you are writing in) from an entirely different perspective. Lippograms are a form of writing based on the complete omission of a letter from the text. In this way, the writer winds up cutting off entire semiotic possibilities from occurring.

The letters at the top of the page are the most frequent in the English language, from left to right. Begin writing a story or poem, pick one of the letters above, and refuse to use it throughout the entire process. Alternatively, take a piece you have already written, and change it so it no longer contains the offending letter. Write for twenty minutes, or until finished.

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