Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #512

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. List
  2. Checking
  3. Naughty
  4. Nice
  5. Red
  6. Nose
  7. Dasher
  8. Dancer
  9. Prancer
  10. Vixen

9 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #512”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    The list of run-down businesses depressed the hell out of me. I knew that being the junior salesman meant I would not be getting the “Glengarry leads”, but this was ridiculous:

    * Naughty Bits Underwear Emporium
    * Off Da Grid Checking and Savings
    * Ye Olde HabberDasher Properties, Ltd.

    These were just a few “enterprises” on Main Street. I also had half a dozen prospects in the red-light district:

    * Nipple and Nose
    * Jo-Jo’s Dancers
    * The Violet Vixen Gentlemen’s Club
    * The Prancer Pub & Grill
    * Seer Sucker Tarot
    * The Happy Finnish Swedish Massage Parlor

    Hmph. Might be nice to unwind at that last place…

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~~ Well, I will have to admit, I was hoping for a unique and non-standard use of the list. You did not disappoint!

      I feel the pain of your newbie salesmen (I have been there, done that) but my potential client fodder was not as entertaining as your guy’s!

      Write On, Please!


      • Anklebuster says:

        Kathleen, as you know, I always try for the third definition in the dictionary. LOL
        As soon as I wrote the first line, I flashed on that movie about real estate salesmen. Since I used to sell real estate (and other stuff), I really felt the character’s dismay. LOL

        That client list was fun to make up!



    • /chet says:

      “Seer Sucker Tarot” is brilliant!

  2. /chet says:

    Boulder was standing at the entrance to the ‘Tail Spins Gentlemen’s Club.’ The bar was located two miles from the entrance to the airbase and the evening shift guys were crowding in for the club’s “Nice N’ Naughty‘ Christmas show. Boulder’s job was collecting the twenty dollar ‘membership’ fee, checking IDs to keep the underage townie kids out, and looking generally big and imposing so the guys all behaved.

    The girls were dressed up, at least for the first part of the show, as elves. The boss played a randy Santa. Boulder’s mistake had been asking where was Rudolph and the boss said “You’re right! Good catch!” So there he was tonight wearing a red nose and fuzzy, stuffed, reindeer antlers. He protested that this was going to make the audience take him less seriously but the boss had already turned and started giving Debbie grief about her Prancer routine.

    “You’re supposed to be prancing for cryin’ out loud. Prancing! You know what that means?”

    “Same as always,” Debbie shot back. “Shake everything!” And she leaned forward on the narrow stage and jiggled her sleighbells, her antlers and her everything else in his face. He waved her away and went back to checking that the liquor had been watered down enough.

    Ginger, the best dancer in the club, played Vixen in the show and she was standing with Boulder by the front door welcoming the guys and collecting the cash while Boulder checked for their names on his checkboard. He didn’t think the corset offered much insulation against the icy North Dakota blasts that rolled in when the door was open so he was constantly admonishing the guys to keep it closed between clients.

    It was on one of those calls that he spotted the one face in line he didn’t want to see. Guy went by the name of Mojo and he was a dancer at a men’s strip club in town. Mojo was on the club’s ‘naughty’ list as a ‘dasher‘, somebody who would start trouble and then try to make a break for the door, sneak out without paying in the commotion.

    “S’cuse me a minute,” he said to Ginger and walked forward. He wasn’t even letting this low life reach the doorway. As he crossed out into the frigid night’s air, he clicked a switch and the red nose started blinking. He’d think of it like a the flashers on a police car. A warning to Mojo that he was coming.

    • Anklebuster says:

      Chet, I’ll say it again, your style commands the page! I was there, freezing and enjoying the descriptions. With so many favorite snippets, I have to limit myself to high-fiving you on Boulder’s blinking red nose/cop car analogy.



    • KathleenMK says:

      Chet ~ what an entertaining read! Great use of the list and I too am lovin’ the way the nose was a reminder of cops bubble drops! I love how you grab this reader and keep me paying attention all the way to the last period.

      Write On, please!


      • /chet says:

        Thanks Mitch, thanks Kathleen. That was one of those painted-yourself-into-a-corner moments. How am I going to wrap this up when the guy is wearing a red nose. Wait! I know!

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