Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #592

This is a writing prompt. 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, you can CAPITALIZE the challenge words in your piece.

  1. Candor
  2. Modicum
  3. Chronic
  4. Paradox
  5. Contrived
  6. Nauseous
  7. Existential
  8. Myriad
  9. Empathetic
  10. Hot-button


One Comment on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #592”

  1. Anklebuster says:


    “With all candor, Madam President, you have created a paradox in our Democratic Experiment.”

    “Sit yer ass down! Gimme another hit of that chronic, boy!”

    The National Security Advisor / Drug Czar passed the spliff to the President. He was empathetic to her medical condition; the treatments left her too nauseous to govern, but the potent marijuana rendered her too incoherent to make good judgement calls. Hence, the Cabinet contrived to rule by proxy–and, President Ruffy Singleton wasn’t having it. She pulled her bathrobe closer around her scrawny body and took a long hit from the joint before speaking again:

    “Y’all think I don’t see what yer tryin’ to pull? I want to defend Pago Pago to keep the Chinese from invading North Korea.”

    The Secretary of Defense had had enough. “Oh my god! Are you high? Are you stupid? Pyongyang is North Korea, Pago Pago is American Samoa! The Chinese don’t give a crap about North Korea; they’re getting ready to invade India! If you had just a modicum of common sense, you would help India fortify Arunachal Pradesh.”

    “High? Of course I’m high, dumb-ass!” The President waved the joint in SecDef’s face. “You need to hit this and chill. Arunachal Pradesh is a hot-button issue with the Chinese and I will not antagonize our trading partners. I worked too hard to negotiate the overturn of those idiotic tariffs.”

    The Secretary of the Treasury snorted, “Those idiotic tariffs paid for the demolition of that silly wall. Don’t be too hasty to tweak our delicate economic situation.”

    The NSA / DC tried again. “Madam President, since the repeal of the 25th Amendment and the invocation of the Divine Right Act of 2020, you have been in charge of this nation’s affairs for 16 years. Senator Van Atheris, and others of her fledgling Myriad Party, claim that you have taken leave of 99 of your 100 senses. As a result, she feels that you are impinging on the existential right of humans to define reality.”

    Madam President choked, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!”

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