Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge # 612

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. Motivation
  2. Obstacles
  3. Skillful
  4. Spunk
  5. Victory
  6. Wish
  7. Determination
  8. Satisfaction
  9. Possibilities
  10. Concentrate

One Comment on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge # 612”

  1. Chet says:

    “Ruppie was that sort of boy,” the bald, frail figure propped up on pillows said brightly. “Always coming in second. ‘He’ll never get on top of things,’ that was his father’s determination when he was hardly a year old! What did I know? I was just the mother, blinded by all the possibilities I saw in him.

    “Samuel, my husband, was one of the early child psychologists you know. Set up a practice in Manhattan where the great people of the day brought their children. He was so skillful setting tests and obstacles for the little ones and then gleaning what was wrong with them. Oh, he was a brilliant man. Why, once he proclaimed his judgement, it was as if a sentence had been passed. He was always right. The children always turned out just the way he said they would.

    “Ruppie was a toddler and quite devoted to me. Can I tell you a secret? Oh, I guess it can’t hurt now. I do believe Samuel was the littlest bit green about it. Is that a horrible thing to say?

    “Anyway, he told me one day that he’d made his observations and concluded to his complete satisfaction that Rupert lacked spunk! The boy was missing the essential motivation. Had no wish to succeed. At that age! Can you imagine? And poor Ruppie turned out just as he predicted.

    “Except that he could focus his mind on a task and concentrate like no one I ever saw, not even his father. That’s what saved him in the end. In school, he did so well and his teachers all adored him. Everyone did in fact. Everyone except my husband. They never got along. It was a constant struggle, Samuel trying to point out the flaws and help him overcome them, and Rupert digging in his heels and insisting on doing the opposite. I was so sad. And you know, it hurt my heart, I can honestly say, that when we all lost that great presence, Ruppie acted as if he’d won his first victory.

    “But enough of all that. What day is today?

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