Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #418

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. Tussle
  2. Bustle
  3. Rustle
  4. Carnivore
  5. Winter
  6. Sneeze
  7. Endure
  8. Shaved
  9. Head
  10. Independence

6 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #418”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    The wizard’s daughter bowed her head—declaring not reverence to, but independence from—the shackled mores of mortals. Her incantation, a mere rustle of breath escaping her lips, transformed the village carnivores into mindless zombies.

    The throng turned its attention from her supposed execution to more primitive desires: their tasty-looking neighbors. The bishop, fattest, most well-fed among them, was first to fall. More violently than a winter sneeze, the villagers set upon the king’s highest representative of law and order in the land and reduced him to a shaved carcass of sinews and dripping bones.

    Unable to endure the visceral carnage, the wizard’s daughter slipped unnoticed through the tussle. Once free of the frenzied bustle, she wrapped her purple gown tightly about her slim frame and hiked down the dusty road toward home.

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~ I have come back to read this more than once. 🙂 I am glad to see the story line continue.
      ..a mere rustle of breath escaping her lips… I found this to be very powerful in itself.

      …reduced him to a shaved carcass of sinews and dripping bones. Wow… what an image you have just given this reader!

      And now I am a bit sad too LOL.

      — Kathleen

      • Anklebuster says:

        Thanks, Kathleen! Now that you’ve pointed out that passage, I can pretend that I deliberately set out to create a metaphor for lawlessness…but it was just a carnage scene. LOL

        Off to see what damage she will do in #419.



  2. Mini says:

    Braving the rush hour hustle and busle, she weaved her way through the milling crowd and entered the subway carriage that would take her to her destination in the city of dreams. Holding on to her scarf rustling in the harsh winter breeze, she settled onto the rear seat in the coach. “Finally”, she said to herself, “her coveted job—the ticket to her independence was just an hour’s ride away.” Leaning back, she reminisced the struggles she had to endure back home in the past one year when her life went from being ‘blissfully married’ to being ‘harrowingly widowed’—if there is any such expression. Her head shaved, her bright resplendent saris replaced by bland white ones, her chirpy smile gone, she looked a pale shadow of her former self. Letting loose their carnivore instincts, her husband’s family tortured her to toe the line and lead the life of a hapless widow. It was after one of those ugly tussles with them that she decided to run away from home to the big city. Luckily, she was able to get in touch with her childhood friend who helped her in finding a job, and here she was on her way to the first day at the job. The sneeze of her co-passenger jolted her from her dreams. Smiling to herself, she said, bless you!

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mini ~~ This is a riveting ditty. I love how you hooked me right away. I wanted to read more. And I want to still read more about this brave woman! BRAVO I look forward to more of your wordplay.


    • Anklebuster says:

      Hi Mini! That was a fun read. You have a way of making this introduction seem plausible in several settings. One hour on a subway is probably modern, though. It just that I immediately pictured a 1940’s Old World setting … I watch too much Netflix, I guess! LOL

      Well done. I hope we see more of your creations!



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