Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #589

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. Throne
  2. Paranoia
  3. Influential
  4. Deranged
  5. Deposed
  6. Staterooms
  7. Allegedly
  8. Reluctance
  9. Ethereal
  10. Ill-fated

12 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #589”

  1. Tanja Cilia says:

    She stood there ensconced in paranoia, ill-fated yet ethereal in her wedding gown, like some beautiful re-incarnation of Miss Havisham.
    Then, as if in a dream, she spread her arms wide and ran tiptoes in and out of the dank-smelling staterooms.
    Her influential daughter-in-law had schemed and connived and plotted and conspired to get her deposed from the throne. The psychologists and psychiatrists had fallen over their feet, producing certificates that she was deranged, hoping, no doubt, for recognition, “later”.
    Only one of them had shown a reluctance to comply. It was his veto that was allegedly holding back the coronation festivities.

  2. Anklebuster says:


    Giving Up the Ghost

    Deranged, he came
    Ethereal in his luminescence
    Allegedly touched by Abaddon
    Deposed from his seat of power

    Staterooms were his back offices
    Paranoia tinged with obsession
    Influential pillars extorted
    Reluctance rewarded with bullets
    Ill-fated purge decimated the ruling class
    Throne now up for grabs.

  3. Art says:

    The enormous chair behind Simon Grant’s desk was like a royal throne. His paranoia kept him concerned about being deposed from his position as the most influential industrialist in the world, recognized as such in Time Magazine’s current issue. This made him a target of deranged men all over the world whose jealousy made it necessary for him to employ numerous bodyguards as if he were President of the United States. Just last year there was allegedly an ill-fated attempt on his life while he was in one of the staterooms of his luxurious private yacht. Even though the title, “Most Admired Man In America” was more ethereal than real, it helped explain his reluctance to risk exposing himself to potential threats.

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