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Write with the 1,000 Most Common Words

Need a quick writing exercise to get your writing brain working? Try to write a short short story using only the 1,000 most popular words in the English language.

The Up-Goer Five Text Editor will limit your vocabulary to the 1,000 most popular words in the English language. See the complete list at this link. The site was inspired by this xkcd cartoon that explained space travel using the simplest possible vocabulary.

Check it out: “CAN YOU DESCRIBE A COMPLEX TOPIC USING ONLY THE THOUSAND MOST COMMON ENGLISH WORDS? IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS. TYPE TEXT IN THE BOX BELOW TO TRY IT OUT.”

This is our eighteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

 

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