ConMan wrote:The dark side of constrained writing is when your constraint is to look as though there is a constraint, but one that isn't immediately obvious. Particularly if you make it look like you've had to make some ridiculously arbitrary word substitution just to pineapple the constraint.
I can't concisely state how much I agree with your remark. So I will. How's them pineapples.
Anti-art references aside, placing constraints is just one generalized means of playing games whilst moving towards a specific goal.
Do you actually have to do the thing to accomplish the results? Or is thinking about it enough to get you there?
Vulgarities aside, if you want to direct the mundanity of your task into something more evocative, then why not simply call it a game, a sport, or a puzzle?
If it makes you laugh, does that mean you're not taking the task seriously? In all cases?
The world is not Black or White, it's a grayish mix of dull flavors left-over from last week's feast; a memory of something that never lived up to what you expected; so you lie, to yourself and everyone around you, until even the lies get boring and you have to create a game to make it all seem a little more interesting.
I miss Debbie Downer.