Teacher: "Your assignment is to treat Stephen Buel's guest appearance tonight as a press conference, and write it up as a neeeewwwws story. Something he says tonight, he's speaking for an hour and a half, so there will surely be something nneeewwsworthy in the information you get. So listen to what he says for an aaaannnngle that you could use. The lede is NOT 'Stephen Buel spoke to a journalism class last night'. This is NOT a feature story, it's inverted pyramid neewwwwss style. Eighteen column inches. I'm in a good mood, so I'll give you a hint: an inch is 35 words. You can use a caaaalculater to compute required length."
Wow, got lots of notes and plenty of quotes. Should be a snnap! Writes writes writes. Word count: 45 words. Good...pad this up with supporting points. Pads pads pads. Word count: 115 words. Pads pads. Word count: 145!!! (18 x 35=) 630 must be five full pages in MS Word? Procrastinates. Googles writer's block. Looks through del.icio.us tag 'writing' . Here's one: Writing, Briefly "Write as fast as you can." Good idea. Blurt it all out, take a break, THEN edit. Blurts blurts blurts. Better keep going. Blurts blurts. Little more. Blurts. Just to be sure. Blurts blurts blurts blurts. Blurts. Blurts blurts blurts. Blurts. For good measure...eeehh second thought, that's probably enough. Word count: 1,935 words. Oy.