Describe what you see in the picture to the left: where you’re going, what you’re doing, why you’re glad you found it, or whatever strikes your fancy in a paragraph or two. But do it all without using the word “the.”
We all have our safety words. Since it’s an article, “the” gets used a lot. But we don’t have to use it. Avoiding it can make our writing better, stronger and more interesting, even if we don’t do it on a regular basis.
If you really want to go out on a limb, try what author Ernest Vincent Wright did in his 1939 novel, GADSBY. In his more-than 50,000 novel, Wright didn’t use any words that contained the letter “e.”