Creative Copy Challenge #114

I’m beyond excited to have Writer’s Digest choosing the words for today’s challenge. If you have not bookmarked their website, why not? Now on to the show.

Writing prompts cure writer’s block. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying 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, do those too.)

  1. Lair
  2. Sequel 
  3. Hire
  4. Amass
  5. Red
  6. Whimsical – spontaneously fanciful or playful.
  7. Smile
  8. Grill
  9. Disable
  10. Gnome – One of a fabled race of dwarf-like creatures who live underground and guard treasure

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

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Writing Prompts – Why They Suck!

Do a Google search for the term Writing Prompts, visit the first 100 sites, and look around.

What’s missing on practically every site? Take your time. I’ll wait.

Back?

If you answered, “Hey, those sites have absolutely no interaction with the people they’re supposed to help,” you are  correct.

And I find this amazing. People looking for writing prompts want inspiration. They want to crush writer’s block. They want to feel better about their writing. They want someone on the other end to say, “Hey there. I recognize your comment. I value it enough to respond.  Show me more” (and mean it)

These one-way prompt sites do little to address these desires, and I believe they don’t because only timely, hassle-free, human interaction can fill this void (requiring registration to comment is not an invitation, by the way; it’s a comment-reducing hoop to jump through.)

Take a look at the last 10 Creative Copy Challenges. How many comments do you see? How much encouragement do you see? How much community spirit exists? It’s this two-way spirited conversation that makes the CCC so helpful and special.

Yes, this is a rant. But hundreds of thousands of writing prompt sites exist to help writers, and I don’t believe they live up to their mission statements. What a shame for writers in need…but what a blessing for us, no!

Writing Prompts Sites That DON’T Suck:
(If you do writing prompts right, let us know. We’ll add it here:

  1. Fictionista Workshop
  2. Write Me
  3. Writer’s Digest (although I believe you should drop the forum registration process)

Creative Copy Challenge #113

Today we have Jace Daniel Albao choosing the words for today’s psychologically thrilling challenge. He blogged a novel called Under Angels in 2009, adapted it to a screenplay in 2010, and has put both pieces on the market in 2011. Check him out. Now on to the show.

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. Under
  2. Angels 
  3. Code
  4. Tunnels
  5. Incognito – disguised or concealed
  6. Quota
  7. Dog
  8. War
  9. Wife
  10. Puzzle

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


Creative Copy Challenge #112

Today we have Peter Shallard, the shrink for entrepreneurs, choosing our words today. Show him you’re up to his challenge or he’ll get inside your head and tell you why you didn’t. 😉

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. Truffle – edible fungi that grow underground on or near the roots of trees and are valued as a delicacy; chocolate confections
  2. Ambiguous 
  3. Sprite – A small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie; the drink.
  4. Whinny – To neigh, as a horse, especially in a gentle tone; the bear.
  5. Pelican
  6. Discombobulate – To throw into a state of confusion.
  7. Gnomic – resembling or containing proverbs or other short pithy sayings that express basic truths; opaque or difficult to understand
  8. Samurai
  9. Blossom
  10. Ochre – any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments

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


Creative Copy Challenge #111

Today we have Sara Schmidt, a freelance writer, activist, artist and homeschooling mom, choosing the words for our writing prompt challenge. Her lucky number is 11, and she was born on 11-11, so it’s cool that she’s choosing for challenge 111.

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. Mudslide
  2. Ewok 
  3. Lactose intolerance
  4. Creep
  5. Kiss the Rain
  6. Funnel
  7. Pusillanimous – characterized by a lack of courage or determination
  8. Larkspur – plants of the genus Delphinium, with spikes of blue, pink, or white irregular spurred flowers
  9. Castrate – to cause pain to any male reader reading this.
  10. Poplolly – an affectionate term, little darling

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


Creative Writing Prompts: What Types Do You Like?

We were thinking about adding different prompt types.

Picture prompts.

Single word prompts.

Finish the sentence prompts.

What do you all think about these other prompt types? Any experience with them or opinions about them? And if we added any, should we add more days or just replace one 10-word day with a different type? Should we not fix what isn’t broken?

Decisions, decisions. Let us know in the comments.


Creative Copy Challenge #110

Today we have professional writer, Holly Jahangiri, choosing the words for our writing prompt challenge. These are the toughest words we’ve ever had! Rise to her challenge. Speaking of challenges, Holly will be out next week as she’s undergoing a breast cancer procedure. She wanted me to tell everyone not to “pink out and go all smarmy. Because if they do? My next batch of words will be a REAL bitch.” Good luck Holly.

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. Eleemosynary – Of, relating to, or dependent on charity; gratuitous.
  2. Fecund – Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; Marked by intellectual productivity
  3. Taphephobia – pathological fear of being buried alive.
  4. Panoptic – taking in all parts, aspects, etc., in a single view; all-embracing a panoptic survey.
  5. Tesla coil  – An air-core transformer that is used as a source of high-frequency power, as for x-ray tubes.
  6. Verve – Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas; Vitality; liveliness
  7. Canid – Any of various widely distributed carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, which includes the foxes, wolves, dogs, jackals, and coyotes.
  8. Semaphore – A visual signaling apparatus with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms, as one used on a railroad.
  9. Wisp – A small bunch or bundle, as of straw, hair, or grass.
  10. Aegis – Protection; Sponsorship; patronage;

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