Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #404

This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, 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.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put <b> before and </b> after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH.

  1. Wanweird – an unhappy fate
  2. Xyloplist – one who sells wood products
  3. Viaginity – masculine qualities in a woman
  4. Usufructurary – a person who has use or enjoyment of something, especially property
  5. Ultracrepidarian – Of one who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their knowledge (which could have gone well with last week’s ‘mansplaining’)
  6. Tetrapyloctomy – The act of splitting a hair four ways
  7. Sgiomlaireached — The habit of dropping in at mealtimes
  8. Scolecophagous – one who eats worms
  9. Psithurism – the sound of wind in the trees or rustling leaves
  10. Oculoplania – the habit of biting one’s fingernails




One Comment on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #404”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    Welcome to Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia, Texas! I am your guide, your ultracrepidarian host who will—nevertheless—never steer you wrong. Speaking of which, the first stop is the Lonestar Steakhouse, filled with customers of the sgiomlaireached persuasion.

    Don’t look at me like that! We don’t discriminate. We would never subject our subjects to exclusionary wanweird. That would be weird, Juan. Oh, sorry. You look like a Juan.

    Anyway, this eatery admits usufructuraries of every stripe. It has something in the menu for the most discriminating palates. What? No, I said that we don’t discriminate. We don’t care about race, crass or sexual vendors—though we may look askance if our cowgirls have lost their viaginity. Now, stop interrupting!

    As I was trying to explain, Lonestar Steakhouse caters to omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, lotus-eaters and the occasional scolecophagous consumer, but only if they catch the Early-bird special! On Mondays, before opening, Nervous Nellies, across the street, supplies Lonestar with the chewed fingernails from last week’s spittoons. Oculoplania is a big problem in Texas, where everything is bigger.

    Why don’t you get that to go? We’re behind schedule and I want you to see the world’s largest lumberyard. Don’t tell anyone I told you, but Nevada used to be a big forest. Paul Bunyan destroyed it after a color-blind Texan mistook Babe for an Angus and served it to the Rangers.

    So, here we are! Note the absence of psithurism? Logs only make noise in a tornado, my friend. And you won’t want to hear that cacophony! It’ll stand your hair on end and perform a tetrapyloctomy that will make you look like Florence Jean Castleberry.

    No, please don’t go, yet! You haven’t met our famed xyloplist, Geppetto! Very, well, then…just follow your nose.

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