Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #516

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. Transcription
  2. Glorification
  3. Windmills
  4. Wind sheer
  5. Sail
  6. Plane
  7. Plain
  8. Daunting
  9. Staples
  10. Calm
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4 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #516”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    The transcription of Cervante’s Don Quixote sat before me, staples mashed upon each other like metal crabs on a snowy beach. It was plain to see the failure in the daunting task of simultaneously translating from Castilian and typing modern English. This poor kid had about as much chance as a paper plane against wind shear forces.

    In an attempt to remain calm, I blew out a resigned whoosh between pursed lips. How in the world did:

    -Mire vuestra merced -respondió Sancho- que aquellos que allí se parecen no
    son gigantes, sino molinos de viento, y lo que en ellos parecen brazos son
    las aspas, que, volteadas del viento, hacen andar la piedra del molino.

    become:

    “Look, your worship,” replied Sancho, “that those who look like themselves there do not
    they are giants, but windmills, and what they look like arms are
    the blades, which, turned from the wind, make the millstone walk.”

    instead of:

    “Take care, sir,” cried Sancho. “Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone.”

    The odd phrasing was not something I’d expect from anyone with three years of conversational Spanish under his belt. Maybe it was a typo. But walking millstone? This made no sense!

    Then, it hit me. My student had taken a short-cut. To the glorification of Google! I scribbled an “F” on the paper and tossed the packet onto the rest of the midterms.

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~ you took this list in a way I had not expected. Bravo. And the funny thing, for me today, is I was just looking into the study of a foreign language … Spanish. And I often use a Free Translation program at https://www.freetranslation.com/ and I often wonder if I am sending the wrong things… hence why I need to learn Spanish, I am thinking. Oh so timely Mitch!

      Thanks for making me smile again.

      Write On,

      Kathleen

      • Anklebuster says:

        Hi Kathleen,

        This word list transported me back to tenth or eleventh grade Spanish, when our teacher made us read the Castilian-era version of Don Quijote. (Sort of like having to read Shakespeare as he wrote it!)

        I love those translation sites, even if they do mangle some of the idioms. Most of the time, I wouldn’t know. LOL

        Cheers,

        Mitch


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