Erika Kind, a particularly lovely friend of this blog, has challenged me to something called a Veracity Challenge. The rules are pretty straight-forward:
- Write a paragraph without using a single adjective.
- Keep the link of the original Veracity Challenge in your post (so that the creator of the challenge may receive a pingback)
- Anyone can join the challenge, you don’t have to be nominated!
- Still, you can nominate 6 Bloggers for this challenge
As my descriptions tend to be a bit on the dry side, this turned out to be a fairly easy challenge! 😀
It’s an alternative telling of the opening paragraph of my Hand of God short story:
“The bartender rubbed a glass with a towel, not quite sure which one was cleaning the other. The bar might be little more than a drinking hole, but it was the closest one to the Academy. As such, it was busy every evening, as soon as the cadets were allowed to leave the premises. He stole a glance at his watch; soon the bar would fill with uniforms.”
Anyone wishing to join in the fun, consider yourself challenged! Oh wait, that didn’t sound quite right…
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Well done, but I am SO hooked on adjectives, especially since so many writers manuals tell you to give up on adverbs. Now that would be a challenge – a paragraph with no adjectives or adverbs!
Lol – I think it’s called a script 😀
Darn, you’re absolutely right. Probably why I was never interested in writing a screen play!
After watching you squirm when Joyful2bee called you out, um, I think I’ll pass!
Lol – nah, that’s part of the fun 🙂
Or I could have fixed it, then make her look like a nutter. “What adjectives? I’m telling you, people, that woman is crazy” 😀
That’s a fun challenge. I might have to give it a go. I caught a couple of adjectives in yours too 😉 saying that I’m a great lover of adjectives (and even, on occasion, adverbs) so I’ll probably suck at this challenge. Still could be fun to try!
I hope you do better than me, then 😀
That first line made me laugh out loud.
Excellent! And not an adjective there to tickle you 😀
Are metaphors considered cheating? An interesting exercise which I’m sure I’d fail!
Lol – I’d love to say I didn’t, but… 😀
It’s a tough one. But I love that picture of Erika. Amazing !! ☺
She is rather gorgeous. And quite a stunning surrounding!
Ha ha ha. For heavens sakes. I didn’t catch you out at all. 🙂
Phew, thanks! 😀
😀 😀 😀
That’s what you get for having a bunch of writers as blog readers. I guess my eyelids are heavy enough that I didn’t catch a thing. Don’t worry; you’re secret’s safe with me. 😉
Lol – I owe you one 😀
Well, it looks like I’m not the only one who caught a couple of adjectives in there. No worries, I would definitely consider myself challenged.
Lol – fair enough 😀
Nicholas, I am not sure you can use “busy.” 🙂
I’ve resigned to the fact I bungled it up. Serves me right for being cocky about it 😀
Perfection isn’t very fun anyway.
Yep, that’s why I did it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it :b
Not so sure I could manage it, at least not without some careful thought.
Best wishes, Pete.
Looks like I screwed it up, too 😀
Good job, and Erika is awesome!
Couldn’t agree more 🙂
But Nicholas, the, closest, a and little are adjectives. Lol. It IS hard not to use adjectives.
Lol – busted! I’ll have to go and change that now. Serves me right for boasting, though 😀
Heehee. Sorry but I could not resist! Glad to help a fellow blogger out! By the way my grandfather was Greek! He came over in the early 1900s. I think his grandfather was a mayor on the island of Fornous(?) His family were Theodoruas (?) and changed it to Theodore. I have relatives I have never met on Ermioni! I also have some in Athens, but I haven’t contacted them in years. Still love Zorba the Greek too! lol
Lol – small world, all right! 😀
That would probably be Fournous (lit, “Ovens,” meaning a place with many bakers). Theodoros is the Greek form of Theodore.
Now I wonder if I have relatives in the States I haven’t met 🙂
Well done. I might have to try this one as I’m rather friendly with adjectives 😉 And who ever told you your writing is on the “dry” side? Hardly.
Lol – thanks 🙂 My fiercest critic and reviewer would rather stay anonymous (it’s Electra)
My other half loves the red pen too! I appreciate his honesty and occasionally listen 😉
You accomplished that great, Nicholas. I too though it wasn’t that difficult. But it was fun anyway! Thank you so much, you even added my photo. So lovely, big hugs
And a gorgeous photo, at that 🙂
You are charming as always