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Date: 03-22-2021
Word Limit: 1000
Words Written: 9,537

Judges (crits):
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crabrock

Week Archivist: crabrock
This is a quote from Borges:

“The composition of vast books is a laborious and impoverishing extravagance. To go on for five hundred pages developing an idea whose perfect oral exposition is possible in a few minutes! A better course of procedure is to pretend that these books already exist, and then to offer a resume, a commentary.”'


If you want some really concrete examples of what I have in mind, go read some of his stuff in "Ficciones" where it feels kind of like a "story about another story" and it feels like the longer story or work being written about actually exists because you make it important or relevant in your short story, but in reality, it doesn't exist. You can do stuff like make up an author of the story and talk about them too. Do whatever you want to do to make it feel more real while also making your actual story compelling and effective.

If you're too lazy to read any Borges for research, interpret the quote however you want, but if you stray too far I'm more likely to just dock you pretty hard for not doing a good job with the prompt.

I will allow erotica or sex scenes as a nod to my career, but don't just do it to do it!

Here is a PDF with some of his stuff. A few of these do the thing I'm talking about: [url]https://libraryofbabel.info/borges/thegardenofbranchingpaths.pdf[/url]


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