Write a one hundred word story without using the letter “E.”
Some examples of works missing an e are Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright, a 50,000 word novel published in 1939 and La Disparition published in French in 1969 by George Perec, which was translated into English in 1995 as A Void.
The book Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn in 2001 is a progressive lipogrammatic story where letters are one by one being banned by the city as they fall off of their cherished statue of “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” A delightful read, I recommend it.
Here’s my lipogrammatic short:
An arctic wind pulls my hair into tufts as I walk. I don’t mind, it brings my mind thoughts of him. Our passion was short and vivid, knowing his ship would sail at dawn into a polar sun. War took him away that brutal Spring morning and holds him now in its burning grasp. I will always miss him, long for him, and wait for him. Will I fall into his arms and kiss his lips again? Night is falling, cold nips at my thin hands. I allow cold to numb my soul and carry away my pain.
I know that many of you have tried this as well – please send the link to yours in the comments!
To see Heather’s, click here.