Writing Prompt — Creative Copy Challenge #608

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. Preparation
  2. Resolve
  3. Challenge
  4. Clock
  5. Festive
  6. Horns
  7. Merry-making
  8. Noise maker
  9. Streamer
  10. Tradition

4 Comments on “Writing Prompt — Creative Copy Challenge #608”

  1. Chet says:

    When the master says “preparation,” you assume the horse stance, your right foot rising up and moving slowly to the side, your feet shoulder width apart. Then you sink down into the stance. The challenge is to do this effortlessly, your leg floating like a streamer lifted by a breeze.

    There is a tradition in the Yang school, he says, that novices could not move on to the next form until they mastered this single step. You must halt your inner clock, he says; calm your noise maker mind. It is not something you can resolve to do. When it happens, it will come as a surprise. A revelation. Only when you cannot remember having moved have you done it successfully. It took him, he tells me, many months.

    In the street below my apartment, people are blowing horns and merry making down Main Street, festive with lights, garlands, and silly hats; noisy with drums, whistles, and calls of good cheer. In a plain white room, one floor above, I hear it all but I do not listen.

    “Preparation.”

    My right foot rises and floats across the clock-tick of midnight.

  2. KathleenMK says:

    Hello Chet!
    Happy New Year!

    What a wonderful short story you have produced, yet again!
    Here’s to hoping to see a lot of your ditties in 2020!

    Write On!

    Kathleen

  3. KathleenMK says:

    Tradition shows us that it can be a challenge to watch the clock when horns of anger interrupt the merry-making.

    When Sam set out he was filled with resolve to remain upbeat and positive. But all of his preparation did little to quell that which quickly began to build within, deep within him.

    The throng of gaggling geese are sure festive tonight, he snarked under his breath.

    A curvaceous bleach blonde stepped in front of him creating an emergency stop to his forward movement. His jaw muscles clenched tightly. The grinding of his teeth echoed in his head.

    He followed her wobbly footsteps down the alley. He raised his hands. He grabbed a tinsel-like streamer out of the air. Draping it round her throat like a diamond choker he tightened it silencing her noise-maker.


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