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Firecracker Justification

Take the words firecracker, sad, antacid, 72, and courtroom. Or, pick five random words of your own. Write a scene or story that includes all of the words.

One of my favorite improv comedy exercises is justification, when a performer must attempt to make sense out of whatever nonsense comes out of a scene. Trying to clarify the association between seemingly random choices makes for some good laughs and, often, a unique setup for a story. This week's writing prompt will ask you to justify why five words are grouped together.

creative writing prompt: justification

Creative Writing Prompt: Firecracker Justification

Use the five words below, or pick five random words of your own. Write a scene or story that includes all of the words.

  • Firecracker
  • Sad
  • Antacid
  • 72
  • Courtroom

Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.

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