Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #595

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. Fracas
  2. Sobriquet – nickname
  3. Feckless – weak & Ineffective
  4. Bailiwick
  5. Onus – Burden
  6. Ductile – easily shaped
  7. Troglodyte – cave dweller or reclusive person
  8. Paean – song of praise
  9. Sangfroid – coolness under pressure
  10. Modicum

3 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #595”

  1. Anklebuster says:


    Organized sports originated shortly after men discovered that woolly mammoths didn’t stand a chance against strategic group-hunting. You see, it is one thing to bring down a massive beast that had enough fur to cover the backs of everyone in the Twelve Tribes. It’s quite another to share the spoils of a scrawny reindeer. After the woolly mammoth became scarce, early man became more competitive. Organized hunting devolved into a chaotic fracas, where feckless members of this nascent society suffered at the hands of fiercer brethren.

    Had a modicum of democracy existed during the Ice Age, the onus of protecting the weak would have fallen upon the shoulders of troglodytes–knuckle-draggers who only understood one thing: raw power. Unfortunately, neither the weak nor the strong had the benefit of Socratic thinking. Philosophy was out of their mental bailiwick. What they did have was a keen instinct for Darwinism. Against this backdrop of prehistoric thuggery, came the legendary skull-bashers of Cyrenicia.

    The fierce hunters from modern-day Libya eschewed spears in favor of massive clubs. Both boys and girls were trained from birth to utilize upper-body strength. From the first ductile clay rattles to the thick tusks of woolly mammoths, the children learned to wield their bludgeons like an extension of themselves. As they swept through northern Africa into the edges of the crusted glaciers of Southern Europe, the Cyrenicians battered the Twelve Tribes into near-extinction.

    The Cyrenicians’ disregard for their fellow man was seen as a pathological sangfroid that had earned them their deadly sobriquet. However, what the historians don’t know, is that the Cyrenicians were merely evolving what would eventually become the sport to which a paean is raised each Sunday evening by Carrie Underwood.

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