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Blog things afoot! The #REN3 Blogfest - Corinne O'Flynn

The Rule of Three Blogfest begins Wednesday! 

Have you ever heard of the Rule of Three? It is actually pretty interesting when you realize how pervasive it is in our daily lives. It boils down to the way we humans think and process information. Seems we all like things in threes.  Go figure.

When I first started sharing my own work with critique partners, I was told repeatedly that I had trouble lumping adjectives in threes. For example: The road was long and dark and winding. His amber eyes were fierce, and bright and smoldering.  (hush… no laughing.)

The RULE OF THREE BLOGFEST (#REN3 twitter tag) is going to be awesome! It’s being hosted by some awesome fellow writers: Damyanti Biswas @ Amlokiblogs, J.C. Martin @ Fighter Writer, Lisa Vooght @ Flash Fiction, and Stuart Nager @ Tale Spinning.

The Blogfest has rounded up a whole slew of writers (69 to be exact, and that’s divisible by three!) who are all being made to write a story in three parts, with three main characters each taking the main stage in one part. There are some rules as far of the locale, a tiny outpost called Renaissance has been created for us, the details of which are here. There will be prompts, and there will be prizes!  I am very excited to share my story tomorrow (we’re going to set it using GMT so that might actually be tonight I think.)

Posts will appear each week on Wednesday for the month of October, with the 4th installment–the climax of the story–being the last part.  I hope you’ll pop around to the different blogs and read all that happens when different writers in different genres and styles do their thing with the prompts.

ETA: While commenting, I wrote that Three was a magic number… and it is!!

Paul Simon sings it:

More on the RULE OF THREE:

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE in an article on public speaking entitled the The Rule of Three says:

Most speakers know about the importance of using “The Rule (or Law) of Three.” Most of us are not aware where it came from. We use this ancient mathematical law of proportion in ways we don’t even think about. Abraham Lincoln learned it in his one-room schoolhouse. Even Aristotle, in his Art of Rhetoric, referred to “three types of speeches” and “three forms of proof,” although he also divided ideas into two parts and four parts as well. Lewis Carroll, in addition to writing the Alice in Wonderland stories, was a mathematician at Oxford referred to The Rule of Three more than once in his writings. In his “Mad Gardener’s Song” he writes:

He thought he saw a Garden-door
That opened with a key:
He looked again, and found it was
A double Rule of Three:
“And all its mystery,” he said,
“Is clear as day to me.”

Brian Clark at copyblogger writes about how we’ll find it in storytelling (three little pigs, Goldilocks and the three Bears, The Three Musketeers Read his great blog on the subject here.)

So, it is nothing new to the world, and I imagine it existed long before it had a name.  I find it interesting that people as a whole can be predictably drawn to something that is presented in a set of three over a pair or a quad. Human nature is quirky indeed!

I hope you’ll tune in and read my story tomorrow and every Wednesday in October!  It’s been fun writing it and hatching the plot!

About the Author Corinne

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  1. Can’t believe it’s finally here! I hear lots of typing and frantic editing from around the world :-) So glad everyone seems excited – can’t wait to start reading :-)

  2. Same here…I can’t wait to wake up in the am and find some #REN3 stories waiting to be taken in.

    I almost jumped the gun (by mistake) but I was within the GMT timeline, so phew. Wouldn’t do for me to do that, now would it?

    Can’t wait to read all of yours.

    Tale Spinning

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