Attention, all bloggers and/or writing enthusiasts.

I have a little creative writing challenge for you… purely for fun.

My challenge is simple.

Write a short story. I don’t care how short, or what kind of story, or even what form your story takes. BUT… your story, poem, dirty limerick or whatever you choose to do must incorporate within it in some way the following words;

  1. juicy
  2. slender
  3. vain
  4. shaft
  5. torch
  6. star
  7. hidden

If you accept this challenge, then write whatever you’d like incorporating those words into your tale, but do not publish right away!

No, once it is ready, please hold off on publishing it until next Wednesday, March 21st.

At that time, either publish it as a comment here, or publish it on your own website (if you have one) and leave a link in the comments here as to where we can find it.

I will publish my own on Wednesday as well, and no, it’s not even begun yet. I pulled those words entirely out of my butt, this is all fair and square.

I have a couple reasons why this sounded fun to me.

First, I’m following a lot of bloggers on my blogroll these days and every single one, yes you too Blackbear, just blow me away with the quality and imagination of their writing. I’d love to see if any of them would be willing to give this a try, and give me more of a chance to enjoy their writing.

Second, I repeatedly say that everyone has their own unique writing voice, their own way of crafting their distinctive thoughts into words. I often get people replying that it’s hard to recognise the difference in their own voice or viewpoint to what other people write. I agree that it can be hard to compare your own style with what other people might do… so I think it would be delightful to see all the different ways a common group of words can become something unique to each and every person out there.

What do you think. Sound fun?

Then go for it! Any length, any form, take those words as a seed and create something all your own!

36 Responses to “I Throwdown A Writing Challenge!”
  1. Writing Challenge, eh?


  2. Effraeti says:


    I think this is a fabulous idea!

    Challenge accepted!

    ~ Effy

  3. […] Oohh!  I find this very exciting!  Big Bear Butt has thrown down a challenge – a writing challenge! […]

  4. Hyperious says:

    Challenge Accepted. Scheduled to publish at noon Eastern US Time on Wednesday the 21st.

    Thanks, Big Bear Butt. I needed something to set the rusty old writing cogwheels in motion.

  5. Gnomeaggedon says:

    Me, write a SHORT story?

    Hey… hang on, is this some sort of vertically challenged joke?

  6. Poneria says:

    I’ll give it a whirl.

  7. Navimie says:

    Ooh, I love a good writing challenge :)

  8. Klepsacovic says:

    I’m going to take the hidden challenge and write an entire post NOT using those words. Er. Oops.

  9. Matty says:

    Thank you – challenge accepted.

    Again, my kind of Bear!

  10. Jinni says:

    Do we have to use the words in the same tense? Like using juice instead of jucy, or vanity instead of vain?

    • bigbearbutt says:

      Of course not… bonus points if you do, but it’s all about seeing what you do with the words!

  11. RobBy says:

    Well, seeings as this is the World Wide Web, if I post something on the 21st, that will be the 20th in the US of A. But my posts get caught in a bear-trap anyway, so you can dig it out of the bit-bucket on the 21st ;)

  12. red cow says:

    I’m so interested in this…hopefully I can come up with something worthy :D

  13. Hmm… okay, so I’ve got multiple versions doodled out– is it okay to have more than one stab at the challenge in my post? :)

  14. […] because on March 21st I’m sure a lot of my favorite writers and rhymers will be responding to Mr. Bear’s writing challenge and I’ll have lots more good things to […]

  15. Hedwig says:

    Woohoo! Challenge accepted! :D

  16. […] 21, 2012 by Gnomeaggedon ForBear… Hey Gnome, why are you hidden down […]

  17. […] This is my attempt at The Big Bear Butt’s Writing Challenge. […]

  18. […] in his infinite whimsy declared that there should be a writing challenge this Wednesday (well today actually), in which the following words must be used. Juicy, Vain, Star, Hidden, Shaft, […]

  19. […] Wednesday!  This short story is for BBB’s Writing Challenge!  The only real “qualifications” were to write a piece in any style and include all […]

  20. […] blue are all about? I’d already been thinking about starting to work on this story again when Big Bear Butt threw down a challenge to write a story/poem/whatever that incorporated seven arbitrarily chosen words. As I looked at the […]

  21. […] to participate in BBB’s writing challenge it is not too late.  You can find his original post here and the comments of this post should have links to all of the […]

  22. […] Per Big Bear Butt’s challenge: JUICY SLENDER VAIN SHAFT TORCH STAR HIDDEN Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  23. Saz says:

    I am all over this. Just published my little story! Very neat little challenge sir : )

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  26. […] Published March 22, 2012 World Of Warcraft Leave a Comment Tags: Fiction, Story Big Bear Butt threw down a writing challenge, and I had just the thing for it. He wanted to ‘hear’ more of our writing […]

  27. Zahraah says:

    I’m probably a little late even with the Oceanic time differences, but it’s done!

  28. jwhaas says:

    BBB, sorry for being so far behind but I came across your challenge late. Nevertheless I accepted your challenge and it’s up! Thanks for inspiring me to write. Maybe I can keep the wow blog going this time :)

  29. […] If you want to read his original challenge and the most awesome replies ever then please click here and head that […]


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