How about a little holiday spirit for this writing challenge? Use the random number generator below and it will tell you which odd little holiday scene to visualize in your head. Then YOU have to write a caption for the scene. It can be drama or comedy, long or short, uh… fast or slow (I couldn’t think of a third thing to complete that line of thought.)
Limit 1,000 words. Write one line or two, or ten – or more, up to a thousand! Totally your call.
What you CANNOT do is take a second random number for a better story line. That’s the challenge part of the challenge, see? One try and you go with what it deals you.
Oh, and you have to use one of the following words in your caption – Santa, Rudolph, etc. on the second list, to complete your caption. The word you get will be determined by another spin on the dreaded random number generator, 1-10. (Yes, I said one spin. I meant one for the story. The second one is for the key word.)
Here is your list of Holiday Scenes
- Santa wearing only one strategically placed stocking
- A kid sticking his/her head out of a snow bank
- A grandparent baking cookies and a bottle of scotch near by
- One reindeer laying down with five other reindeer glaring at him/her
- Two shoppers lined up at a cash register while a man holds up and examines a necktie
- A cooked turkey sitting on a table with a car nearby and nobody around
- A dog running after Santa’s sleigh
- A child walking in on mom and dad the night before Christmas
- A Christmas tree in a small apartment with one open present and no one around
- A kid with about 30 open presents and a pile of wrapping paper with a frustrated look on his/her face
Oh, yeah, and your key words:
- Candy cane
Now, your naughty little mind might see a lot of bawdy possibilities here. That’s fine; it’s your writing challenge, your chance to be creative. But I warn you, there is a non-bawdy option for each one, too. And other options. Drama. Mystery. Get it? Be creative. It’ll be your call to see how brave you wanna be. Because great writing isn’t safe. And interesting writing challenges aren’t, either. Throw a curve ball. Be amusing. Mix it up.
Extra points if you have been drinking when you do this, especially if it’s your lunch hour and you’re at work.
Here are the rules:
What, you need more instructions??? Okay.
- Use the random number generator to pick you topic
- Use a second random pick for the key word
- Write a caption, quip, paragraph, or whole story (1000 word limit) using the scene and the key word (tell us what they were, too, like Scene 1 and Keyword 4, for example)
- Post your story below in the comments with a link to your blog where
- You also post it on you blog
- And mention what the heck this is so people don’t think you’ve been hitting the eggnog
- TRY to stay sober long enough to read and comment on OTHER people’s entries.
- You have a week. Try not to take that long!
Your prize might be my holiday classic short story Santa Maybe, written by me a loooooong time ago when I still used dialog tags. Whoever gets the most likes (over ten) on their post wins. No cheating. I’ll know, but Santa will know – it’s too close to Christmas to take that kind of risk.
Got it? Off you go!
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.