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Four-word prose? Yeah, we do that now.

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 1, 2013, 5:19 PM


:eager: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to announce the newest aspect of minimalit: four-word microprose!

Over the past three months, the quality and creativity we've all put into creating worthwhile micropoetry has reinforced the basic soundness of our group's initial concept. So it's time to extend the experiment a little further. During the WordWars chat earlier today, we announced that this group would be expanding in a new direction: prose submissions.

So with the established success of groups such as SixWordStories, how will four words differ? We hope to be just as filling, but with 33% fewer calories! :lol:

All kidding aside, just like "three words" is a tougher restriction than "17 syllables or fewer", the stricter word count should translate into "no words wasted". Do you really need to use the passive voice? Or those adverbs? How about that 'the'?

:painter: I for one can't wait to see what we come up with. Let the creation begin!

Submission Guidelines:wave: Welcome to minimalit! This is a group for experimenting with minimalist literature: two-word micropoems, three-word haiku and senryū, and four-word microprose.
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:bulletpurple: A minimalist poem (or micropoem) is just what it sounds like: exactly two words, plus whatever punctuation you wish to include. Hyphenated words are allowed only where such words are already considered part of the language (e.g. 'twenty-one'). Chatspeak and emoticons are not allowed; invented words, acronyms and abbreviations are discouraged, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
:new: We are now accepting four-word prose. To distinguish them from poetry, all microprose submissions should take the form of one or more grammatically correct sentences, including proper capitalization and punctuation. All other rules (e.g. word count restrictions, hyphenation and use of titles) still apply.
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AggroMiau Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you guys, for running this awesome group. I'm glad I stumbled over you, cause it was a very inspiring moment, since it was my first time to meet the fascinating field of MicroPoetry/Prose. Today I uploaded my first bunch of 'RandomWords' And I'm looking forward to have more creative flashes through my brain in the future :)
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DannyAnthony Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait for the one word poem folder to open up!!! :D
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Writer
And how would that work, exactly?
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DannyAnthony Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly as much as your two-word poem idea. :D

Maybe use italics and bold type on different letters/syllables in the word to really bring out the meaning? :)
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Writer
:trollface: Your false sincerity almost rings true; I give you props on your mastery of the art of trolling. And at such a young age, as well.

And I'm genuinely sorry that you can't perceive the value in this literary experiment. You see three words and think, "Anyone can do that. Hell, even I can do that!" What you don't see is the care that goes into choosing just the right three words to convey a message that is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

You're still at the point in your own journey where you're convinced that less is less and more is more, that the secret to a good poem is to cram in as much as possible. One day you'll discover that, as with photography, writing often benefits from having less distracting clutter and a sharper focus.

Until that time, however, find another place to play. :banned:
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Enemom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
He was being sarcastic. None of these are actual "poems", just words slapped together and then labeled poetry. This isn't poetry, it's words.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Writer
And what is poetry, if not words?

You could take a lesson from your friend. He's at least learned to cover his poison in sugar; you wave around a matchstick and call it a flaming sword. No finesse whatsoever. :no:

If you're really interested in participating in the :dalogo: community, randomly insulting deviants and deviations you've decided you don't like is not the way to go. Consider that today's life lesson, from someone old enough to be your father.

:banned: And consider it somewhere else. Until you do a bit more growing up, you're not welcome around here.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Writer
Hey - quick question about senryu here, from yours confusedly. ~thesquareroot told me senryu were three lines of 17 syllables; how would this work with a three-word senryu? Are the three words supposed to be seventeen syllables? Because that would require very long words. :paranoid:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Easy answer: that oft-quoted 'requirement' is a common misapprehension which has its roots in the differences between Chinese/Japanese and English.

In our Favourites is a guide that covers the topic. [link] In addition, there's this informative Wikipedia article as well. [link] 8-)
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Writer
Belatedly, but - thank you so much! :glomp: :heart:
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