GETTING MORE TALE #513.5: The #200wordchallenge is done!
A huge thank-you to all who participated in this #200wordchallenge!
From August 29 to September 2, writers were challenged to write music reviews by the same length rules as old print magazines: 200 words. No more no less. One of us even took it upon himself to take the challenge further with the old “Hit & Run” review style — a hard 80 words! Thanks to rock journalist Mitch Lafon for the impetus for this adventure.
The end result was 30 posts by six writers! Speaking for myself, I enjoyed the experiment. Mitch was right: forcing yourself to adhere to a hard 200 words does sharpen your skills. In addition, the challenge succeeded in bringing Vinyl Connection out of retirement (for now?) so no matter how you slice it, the #200wordchallenge has brought some good to the world. Each writer who participated even contributed more than they originally estimated they would! Perhaps the #200wordchallenge injected a shot of inspiration.
Be sure to visit our friends below, and check out their work. Thanks to each of these talented folks, we had a fun week. And a big thanks again to Mitch Lafon, a rock star in his own right. Click below for the posts, and give them all a hand (or 200 hands)!
1001 ALBUMS IN 10 YEARS:
STICK IT IN YOUR EAR:
“HIT & RUN” 80 word reviews:
KEEPS ME ALIVE:
Aerosmith – Devil’s Got a New Disguise – The Very Best of Aerosmith
Jim Cuddy – All In Time
Jim Cuddy – Skyscraper Soul
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
Willie Nelson – The Great Divide
Willie Nelson – Countryman
Holly Golightly – Slowly But Surely
Pegi Young – Foul Deeds
54-40 – Smilin’ Buddah Cabaret
Elliott Smith – Figure 8
Trews – Acoustic: Friends And Total Strangers Deluxe Reissue
Jake Bugg – On My One
Weezer – Weezer (blue)