Wars of Wordcraft Challenge

Hello hapless victims, er I mean readers.

I have a proposition for you, er I mean contest. Depending how this goes, maybe we’ll do this as a regular monthly feature.

The contest is simple:

  1. Coin a new word, or use an existing word in a new way. Provide a definition for your word and take it for a test drive. Use it in a sentence (at least)–but you don’t have to let that constrain you. You could write a short story with your word, build a book around it, or launch a million-dollar series from the ink of your fine, new word. (The latter choices are optional.)
  2. Post a link to your entry in the comments below. No writing license required—if you don’t have a blog, feel free to paste your entry into the comments of this thread. Deadline is March 22, 2013.

dictionaryThere’s a prize! Winner will receive a $10 gift card of their choice: Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Contestants will be judged on originality, suitability and creativity. I’ll announce the winner on March 23rd.

I’ll provide a sample entry in the comments below.

Happy wording!



    Betterfy (verb)
    To fix, improve, to make better
    Quote: The backstory on my Gift of the Magi subplot stinks like a dirty diaper at high noon on the dashboard of a Saturn Ion in a Walmart parking lot in July. I must betterfy.

  2. Debra Paul

    *Cool ….love it!*

    1. Looking forward to your entry 😉

      1. Deb

        Harried: the art of wearing pet hair. Best viewed on clothes that are opposite in color of the actual hair; white cat hair on brown slacks or black dog hair on pink sweater

  3. […] I’ve been enjoying writing Ghost Story, but Karen Cherry at Random, untrue has a contest going on that was so interesting, I had to enter it.  It’s called, “Wars of Wordcraft“. […]

  4. Here’s the link to my entry.


    Empurgament: (Noun) Blend of employment and purgatory.
    To be stuck in an unwanted or unenjoyable job for an indefinite amount of time.
    “The graduate labored at his empurgament while dreaming of a better economy.”

  5. woopadoozle: (noun) a mistake that you’ve made – a whooper, a doozie, a good one – that you’ve decided you are forgiven for by virtue of the fact that you are an eccentric and profoundly imperfect human being.

    Keeping a pet rabbit loose in my apartment so that it ate my son’s birth certificate was a woopadoozle.

    I’ll post a link to a conversation about woopadoozles in a few minutes. If I miss the deadline, it’ll be an f’ing woopadoozle.

  6. Okay, I made a woopadoozle when I came up with the spelling of my imaginary word because after some reflection, I decided it needed to be whoppadoozle. This is because it is closer to “what a whoppin’ bunch of a doozie” than it is to “woopsie daisy”.

    Here’s the conversation. A one-upmanship of whoppadoozles…

  7. […] Random, untrue by Karen Cherry A true author, Karen writes about her work in progress while experiencing new adventures with her child, and has the time to create her own challenge called “Wars of Wordcraft“. […]

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