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Exercise #236

Exercise #236: Craft
Posted 11/2/07

Many budding writers start out by mimicking their favorite authors. It may take years for them to find their own style, their own “voice.” Once they do, they might choose to make fun of their beginning obsession with “writing like the big boys.”

Steven Williamson sent me this idea awhile back: “How about we try writing a parody of some known work or favorite author.”

For this exercise, we’ll use’s first definition of parody: a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing.

Choose a short work by a famous author, or by one of your favorites. Create a parody of it, and post it as your SUB. You may either note the work and author you’re parodying or supply a link, if the story is available on the Web. If you have no specific author in mind, you might parody a commonly told fairy tale.

Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line
    SUB: Exercise #236/yourname

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