Wow, what a fantastic writing exercise to set for yourself. Bravo!

If you do it again, consider mimicking some of these fantastic but dark and weird writers:

Samuel Beckett: Molloy (I wonder if you can capture of centerless character who talks in run-on sentences).

Donald Barthelme: just about any short story, though I might suggest “The School” or “I Bought a Little City.”

Thomas Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49 (wacky and wonderful; see if you can mimic sentences that somersault and capture the tones of increasing paranoia)

David Markson: Wittgenstein’s Mistress (a strange way of telling a beautiful story while using too many adverbs. Can you capture the sense of Western decay in the memories of your main character?)

The first three are well-known writers. The book by the last guy is a book that should stand the test of time. If anything, I hope you get a chance to enjoy these authors and their writing.

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