Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #472

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 before and after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH! Or, as cleverly done by a CCC-er you can CAPITALIZE the challenge words in your piece.

  1. Patriotism
  2. Respect
  3. Tolerance
  4. Fortitude
  5. Prosperity
  6. Contrition
  7. Arbitration
  8. Ridiculous
  9. Temperate
  10. Justification

11 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #472”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    Debbi refused to consider binding arbitration in lieu of suing the pants off her former employer. The ridiculous letter merely showed the lack of respect for her contribution to the company’s prosperity. Apparently, the in-house counsel had mistaken her tolerance, forbearance and temperate demeanor for the rabid patriotism leaking from the pores of every drone in the rank and file.

    The company’s patronizingly public display of contrition only served to shore up her fortitude. She made a solemn promise to her unborn baby: those heartless monsters would regret terminating her without justification.

    • Chet Ensign says:

      Interesting how we both end up in court with the same ten words. I like the way you build your character and their mistaking her.

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~ Wow… I felt a frustration that Debbi is feeling! It might be because I totally identify with her, all but the “terminating her without justification.”

      I love the “…rabid patriotism leaking from the pores…”

      Write On,


      • Anklebuster says:

        Hi Kathleen,

        I’m glad this was able to evoke that feeling. I try to pack as much emotion as possible into descriptive challenges. (Easier when doing dialogue, LOL!)



  2. Chet Ensign says:

    As justification for his actions, he said that he had no tolerance left for the lackeys who told you that patriotism and fortitude led to prosperity. The whole notion was ridiculous, the patently obvious ploy of the ruling class to keep its hold on wealth and power while they made everybody else stay nose to the grindstone to afford to buy the cheap crap peddled in their stores. They wanted him to show contrition? No, he would not be ‘temperate,’ he said, throwing the judge’s own word back at him. He would rather bow down before a herd of real cows. At least they knew where they stood on the food chain. The judge could send him to prison if he chose, hang him, stand him up in front of a firing squad before he would show any more respect to these agents of repression.

    Finally, the court had had enough and sent the whole thing out for arbitration. In the end, the store had to take back its lousy gas grill and he got back sixty cents on the dollar and an order barring him from ever shopping the the chain again.

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