“In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust holds the world record for the book with the highest word count. It has nearly 1.2 million words in it!
Alan Moore, the famous comic book writer, wrote a very short story of only 6 words which simply went: “Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time“. Which we think is awfully clever
So clearly a writer can create wonderful prose in any number of words as long as they feel inspired to do so.
The 100 Word Challenge is an extremely popular weekly writing task aimed at children. Each week a prompt is set on the 100WC.net blog that is designed to inspire a piece of writing no longer than 100 words. That’s the golden rule. This is how the website describes it:
“It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted on a class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog. The link is usually open from midnight on Wednesdays until midnight the following Tuesdays.”
Hundreds of schools from all over the world do the 100WC every week. Everyone in the 100WC team is encouraged to comment and feedback on the 100 word pieces. It’s a wonderfully effective way of building an audience for your work.
We were very humbled and excited to be able suggest a prompt of our very own, starring Tim & Moby. We have created a brand new, short animation that you can see below. The BrainPOP team will also be reading the blog posts and Tim & Moby themselves will be commenting on their favourite entries.
When the week is over we’ll feature the very best ones on our blog too.
The two versions below are identical but use different video services, in case one is blocked in your school.
Good luck everyone!