A Nickel’s Worth from ‘The Most Outlandish Tale About Anxiety and Depression Ever Told’

— Adam Sendek

(For those following the BLOG HOP already in progress, click HERE)

Regular readers of this blog are probably wondering why I’m starting this week’s Nickel’s Worth on Writing with a quote from Adam Sendek of The Chowderhead and Long Awkward Pause? Or maybe you’re wondering what a “Chowderhead” IS exactly? To be honest, I can only answer one of those questions definitively. The other I have to assume won’t clear up without frequent applications of tetracycline.

As you’ve probably guessed, this week’s NWOW is going to be a little different. That’s because it’s part of a collaborative effort between a dozen bloggers, each of whom has contributed 200 words as part of a continuous storyline initiated by Adam.

Here’s the catch: The only details each blogger receives are the 200 words that come from the blogger before them. Aside from that, you’re flying blind at the keyboard. But hey, Stevie Wonder does it, right? As I wrote my portion, I realized that incorporating it into this week’s NWOW might be a great way to experience a dozen different writing voices attempting to harmonize from 12 different rooms. Sort of like an asylum after “lights out.”

And with that, our story begins by clicking HERE

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

18 thoughts on “A Nickel’s Worth from ‘The Most Outlandish Tale About Anxiety and Depression Ever Told’”

  1. I popped over there to Chowderhead.
    It did my head in, I can only read one voice in a sitting.
    I need a cup of Earl Grey to re-establish some equilibrium.

    I need writing tips Ned!

    1. Writing tip of the day: Whatever you do, stick with Earl Grey and NEVER switch to chamomile if you want to stay awake long enough to write anything…

      If you’re serious about the writing tips though, click on the Nickel’s Worth link at the beginning and it will take you to the archives — 52 weeks’ worth. That should tie you over (up?) until next Friday 😉

  2. Great idea!…am hopping over to the chowderhead as I speak, so to speak…
    Also, you put that ‘Airplane’ picture in there just for me, didn’t you? That scene where Ted starts talking to that old lady is among the funniest I remember (although I think I was 12 years old when I first saw it…)

    1. Airplane still remains one of the funniest movies of all time in my book. Then again, I love satire more than any form of comedy. Did you ever see the TV show “Police Squad,” which was written and directed by the same guys? It only ran for one season, but think “Airplane” but with police. If you can find it, it would be worth the trouble.

      By the way, I’m 47 and still laugh whenever “the shit hits the fan” in that movie.

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