Being creative runs in my family, and my mother just proved it again with her newest idea to keep her brain busy. What would happen, she wondered, if she took the list of words from one of her hidden word search puzzles and wrote a story that used all of those words?
It brought me back to my early teen years, when my dad gave me my own website to run. It was vaguely writing-centered, and I tried every month to get my friends to follow writing prompts (yep, one of them was a list of random words) to create stories. I eventually had to give up when I was the only one faithfully writing them. Everyone was just so busy, and it’s less fun when you try to do these things alone.
It’s been years now, so I think it’s time to try again. Would you like to try with me? At the end of this post is a list of 24 words that made up one word search puzzle (invisible bonus points to the first person to correctly guess what the theme of the puzzle was!). Here are the guidelines:
- All 24 words must appear in your story. The story may be as long or short as you would like (A few paragraphs? A few pages? It doesn’t matter!), with as many repeated words or other words as you need, but all 24 of these words must be included.
- “Dragon” is not a word on the list, but your story must be about a dragon or dragons. This is Dragon Crossing, after all!
- Email your completed story to dragoncrossing.wordpress(at)gmail(dot)com. Let me know in your email if you would be willing to have me attach your story with the others when I post my own results.
- Have fun! Feel free to be serious—OR completely random and silly. You don’t have to be a writer to play with words once in a while, and nobody will be judging you.
- You have just less than a week—I would like to have your story by Wednesday, July 4.
Next Wednesday or Thursday, I will post my own story, along with attachments of anyone else’s story who chooses to let me do so (I have a different topic planned for Monday). It will be fun to compare tales and see what we came up with!
Now, finally, here are the words:
- Mud puddle