Writing Prompt Wednesday #28: Ode to Shakespeare

I’ve really liked coming up with writing prompts for the last few months, so you won’t see me stopping any time soon, but I have decided to change things up this month and see how it goes. This month, I will also write something in response to the prompt, so the posts will consist of a prompt and my response. I would like to invite you to join me if you are so inclined. You can add your response in the comments or on your own blog, but don’t forget to share the link in the comments.


Image source: Wikipedia

Image source: Wikipedia


Ode to Shakespeare

Shakespeare is a man known for many words, many of which he invented himself. Today’s prompt is to use the words listed here to generate a story. You can limit yourself to just these words and try to use them in some microfiction, or incorporate the words in a longer story.


This prompt lead to several very short short stories:


The fashionable gossip undressed to countless arousals. (7 words)

A noiseless outbreak hinted at generous moonbeam. (7 words)

A jaded marketable mountaineer negotiated for a monumental eyeball. (9 words)

“Label your luggage,” mimicked the green-eyed buzzer. (7 words)




“Flawed excitement?”

“Amazement at cold-blooded lackluster.”

“Everyone’s a critic.” (11 words)


Please share your responses in the comments.

12 thoughts on “Writing Prompt Wednesday #28: Ode to Shakespeare

  1. I have no talent for flash fiction at all, but I applaud your dedication to it. I’ve always liked Shakespeare’s sonnets more than his plays. Except for Othello. Othello is awesome.

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    • Just for fun:

      “Coldblooded savagery!”
      “She compromised our courtship!”
      “Bloodstained bedroom!”
      “She undressed with the green – eyed bandit!”

      Oh dear, what a mess! 😂😂

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    • Thank you, although I think you should give it a go. You never know what you may discover. I love Shakespeare. I used to know several sonnets by heart, now only fragments. I love his plays as well. Othello is great. I remember being obsessed with Romeo and Juliet in high school. That’s when the Baz Luhrmann version was out in theaters. I also love A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.


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  3. Falstaff’s Lover

    From slumber it takes force to AROUSE
    This man with liquid tastes; it seems OBSCENE
    To push him so hard; I have to be mean
    Or there is no consequence. To carouse
    Without penalty is wrong. You’ve JADED
    Too soon; a shadow of self. Not SECURE
    In your place. And we who support, endure
    The agony of a love that faded
    Fast. Love spilt drop by drop. Be FRUGAL
    With how you waste our care. There are VARIED
    Ways to break the bonds that bind. Unmarried
    Soon if this persists – just like thin gruel
    Lacking body. But cast that gaze so FLAWED
    I melt; wordless I know I am adored.

    A Shakespearian sonnet using a random selection of his own words.

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  4. Chaucer could have “swaggered” when John of Gaunt offered him a “generous” relationship with Katherine Swynford’s sister, Phillipa de Roet. Perhaps Chaucer thought it “laughable” that he, the poet-son of a merchant-man, might end up with the Queen’s lady for a bride. Truly it caused some “excitement” for the bard who “gossiped” in his poetry about “blushing” royal “courtships.” And here he had one of his own. Yet this thinking is “flawed.” Shakespeare had yet to invent “words.” Chaucer merely deigned to write in English, Old as it was.

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    • It’s so great of you join in over here, Charli. I love your piece. It’s got a great sense of humor. It’s strange to think of such commonly used words not existing. How impoverished Old English seems from that perspective. Glad you had fun with it.

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