Creative Copy Challenge #88

Today’s words come to us from Sonia Simone of Remarkable Communication and Copyblogger fame. Show her some comment love.

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Chili cheese fries
  2. Coax
  3. Cuban cigar
  4. Drainpipe
  5. Feather boa – a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
  6. Glee
  7. Karma
  8. Motorcycle
  9. Nursing bra
  10. Opossum

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Autism Stories #1

“I turn the light on?”

“I turn the light on?”

“I turn the light on?”

“No, son. We’re not turning any lights on. You want some juice?”

“I turn the lights OFF?”

“Come on, Chris, just take your juice.”

“I turn the lights off?”

Bleepin’ lights! Why this obsession with lights?

“Here. Let’s just go in and eat your breakfast. Take your juice, Bubba.

Screams erupt.

“What’s wrong now? Use your words. Remember to use your words.”

“I don’t… wanna… eat eggs!”

“You don’t have to freakin’ eat your eggs. Just sit with Daddy and Mommy okay? Jesus!”

I pick my son up and put him on his chair, feeling guilty over my inability to control my tone… feeling sadness regarding his Autism and the way his eyes tear up when Daddy gets angry.

“I’m sorry son. Give me a hug, Bubba… I love you…you know I love you more than anything right? Ohhhhhhhhhh, that’s my boy. I love you soooooooo much. Do you love Daddy?”

“Chris, do you love Daddy?”

“I turn the lights off?”


Creative Copy Challenge #87

Today’s words come to us from James Chartrand of Men With Pens. When she’s not assassinating bad guys in fiction, she should be.

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Travesty – see James Chartrand not writing more fiction
  2. Eviscerate – To remove the entrails of; disembowel. Ex. It eviscerates me when James Chartrand doesn’t write more fiction.
  3. Furious – see what I am when James Chartrand doesn’t write more fiction
  4. Exacerbate – To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggrevate; ex. When James Chartrand doesn’t write more fiction, it exacerbates my sadness.
  5. Antlers
  6. Vivacious – Full of animation and spirit. Ex. I get vivacious when James Chartrand writes more fiction.
  7. Squalor – the condition or quality of being squalid; disgusting dirt and filth. Ex. How I feel when James Chartrand doesn’t write more fiction.
  8. Incinerate
  9. Bawdy – Humorously coarse; risqué; Vulgar; lewd. Ex. When James Chartrand doesn’t write more fiction, I start cursing like a bawdy sailor.
  10. Heathen

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Creative Copy Challenge #86

Today’s words come to us from Lori Taylor of REV Media Marketing. She’s the one to blame for luring Sean Platt away from our playground using a big box of marketing candy. 😉

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Fabulous
  2. Particular
  3. Spontaneous
  4. Synergized – to cooperate with another or others
  5. Fabled
  6. Pegasus – a winged horse, created from the blood of Medusa; northern constillation
  7. Medusa – see Snakes on a head.  😉
  8. Merlin – the magician; or the falcon
  9. Crystal Ball
  10. Elevator

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Creative Copy Challenge #85

Today’s words come to us from Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media. Show her some love.

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Quixotic – impulsive; Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals
  2. Leap
  3. Freckle
  4. Vapid – Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull
  5. facetious – characterized by levity of attitude and love of joking
  6. Misfire 
  7. bedazzle – To dazzle so completely as to make blind
  8. Skulk – To lie in hiding, as out of cowardice or bad conscience; To evade work
  9. Coo – To talk fondly or amorously in murmurs
  10. Autumn

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Creative Copy Challenge #84

Today’s words come to us from Chris Pearson of DIY Themes fame. Show him some love, and if you have not heard of the Thesis Theme, make sure you look into it. We use the theme on this site.

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Nervous
  2. Panoply – A splendid or striking array; Ceremonial attire
  3. Gaffe – A clumsy social error
  4. Prognosticate – To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell
  5. Extractor – something that draws or pulls out, often with great force or effort
  6. Putrid – Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten
  7. Infallible – Incapable of erring
  8. Juice
  9. Inflate
  10. Akimbo –In or into a position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Creative Copy Challenge #83

Today’s words come to us from Chris Garrett. Show him some love, and if you have not read his stuff, make sure you do so.

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Trembling
  2. Passivity
  3. Torturous
  4. Freaking
  5. Awesome
  6. Nibbling
  7. Ebullient – Zestfully enthusiastic; Boiling or seeming to boil; bubbling.
  8. Plonk – Cheap or inferior wine; to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly
  9. Vivacious – Full of animation and spirit; lively
  10. Dynamo –A generator; An extremely energetic and forceful person

NOTE: Don’t copy and paste from MS Word. Use a program like notepad that removes formatting or just type in the comment field itself. Also, finish your submission, THEN bold the words. Thanks. (And don’t forget to tweet this and share it with your friends.)

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there