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Why would you write books or poems or plays with only one vowel? Or in palindromes? Or only using the example sentences in dictionaries? Sometimes you need to force yourself to jump a few hurdles (and perhaps the rest of the obstacle course) before your creativity will be unleashed.
Dictionaries draw their example sentences from a corpus - here's how the Macmillan Dictionary's corpus works...
Oulipo member Anne Garréta's novel Sphinx omits gender.
At university, I acted in the Caryl Churchill play Blue Kettle, in which gradually all the words were replaced by 'blue' and 'kettle'. It was moderately fun to be in and I wonder whether it was at all fun to watch.
The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/trammels.
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Ross Sutherland makes the podcast Imaginary Advice (you heard the S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D. episode on the feed here a few weeks ago), and he's touring this autumn. Find his writing and videos at rosssutherland.co.uk.
This episode was produced by me and Martin Austwick, who also composes all the music for the show. You can hear his songs under the name Pale Bird.