Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #597

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. Bucolic
  2. Formidable
  3. Imprecate – curse
  4. Modicum
  5. Somnambulist – sleepwalker
  6. Restive
  7. Anomie – Social instability
  8. Vicissitudes
  9. Facilitator
  10. Participant

9 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge #597”

  1. Anklebuster says:


    Entitlement has been a formidable participant in the vicissitudes of The American Dream. A facilitator to some, entitlement, nevertheless, created a restive atmosphere for all Americans. From the creeping anomie encroaching like a somnambulist on bucolic hamlets, to the crashing authoritarianism engulfing big cities, the imprint of entitlement has spun the wheel of misfortune on beneficiary and beleaguered alike.

    The insidiousness of entitlement lies in inequity. The downtrodden imprecate it, while demanding fair play. The privileged carry it as a badge, while unable to see the resultant turmoil its possession causes. The one group is powerless to claim it; the other sees no reason to relinquish it. In the end, like a virus, entitlement will indiscriminately destroy all that it touches.

  2. KathleenMK says:

    Mitch – Not only do I like the way you used “vicissitudes” but I am lovin’ …the imprint of entitlement has spun the wheel of misfortune on beneficiary and beleaguered alike…!

    And I so agree with what you wrote. Sadly, I see the destruction too.

    Writ On,


  3. stormwriter2 says:

    I moved away from the bustle of Milwaukee to the BUCOLIC shores of Big Bass Lake to save me from my own RESTIVE nature. I can’t seem to be still, even in my sleep. My doctor said I’m a SOMNAMBULIST, which is just a fancy work for sleepwalker. I once woke up in my nightgown on a cold and snowy night, sitting on a swing at the local playground, several blocks from my apartment. The scariest experience I had while sleepwalking was when I almost got hit by a car. It honked and swerved and I woke up with a start in the middle of the street. I was so disoriented. I had no idea where I was or how I had gotten there. That was when I decided to move away from the dangers of the city. My neighbors had long looked at me in a suspicious manner and I was sure they believed me to embody ANOMIE — that I was a danger to their normal life — that my somnambulism could IMPRECATE the pattern of their lives. As if I were a willing PARTICIPANT instead of a bewildered victim of a FORMIDABLE phenomenon beyond my control. If they’d have had even a MODICUM of understanding, I might have had the courage to ask one of them to act as a sort of “sleep safety FACILITATOR” instead of taking the drastic step of moving away from the city. But since one must accept life’s VICISSITUDES as they come, I moved here without too much second-guessing. This was where my sleepwalking took me.

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