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Weekend Writing Prompt #161 – Obdurate

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. How you use the prompt is up to you. Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like. Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise. If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

This was not an easy one, that is for sure. Thanks, Sammi for forcing us outside of our comfort zones.

You’d cut off your nose to spite your face, wouldn’t you?

You stand there, face set in stone, deaf to my suggestions

I thought you were being obnoxious, but no

You’re a whole other level of inflexible

You remain obdurate in your refusal to cede

Thwarting the potential for collaboration

Till one day when you get the brilliant idea

To do what I suggested months before

And audaciously claim it as yours


92 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #161 – Obdurate

  1. Great job. You used all the “stubborn” words.Why are we guys the target of these posts this week? I’m never obdurate. Now, let me go find out what that means. LOL

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Ah … something tells me this is not fiction … 😉 And that you know/knew some who fit the description … This is very well penned, my friend!
    Hugs and open-mind-people to ya!
    Your nutty friend

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    • Way too true for some!
      “That’s a crazy idea.” Days or weeks later: “So hey, was talking to my buddy and told him I’d like to do xyz… He said it was a great idea.”
      “No way! Wherever did you hear about such a crazy idea?”

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  3. Q

    You utilized some great words in here, which is a very good thing considering the word you were given for the challenge? Obdurate . . . I don’t know, as much as I want to like the word, I just can’t. But you framed photo and word into something worth it, so to that I say a most hearty and well deserved . . Brava!


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  4. Good one, Dale.
    Another song came to my mind, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
    When you’re perfect in every way…” Sigh.
    I confess, I had to learn to admit being wrong, but I also incidentally learned that life was less difficult when I admitted being wrong as soon as I could. I was able to get much practice. 🙂

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    • Hah!! We used to sing that song when we’d drive up north to my grandmother’s!

      Good sign that you were able to learn . 😏
      And yes, the quicker the better…. 😉

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  5. Stoned, Walled in. How can anyone or ‘it’ be anything other than obdurate, he yells down your poetry rabbit hole.

    Good shtufffs you!

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  6. Great closing lines, Dale. You can hear me laughing, I hope! I love the way you’ve dealt with the word. Never heard of it until we did a Gilbert & Sullivan at college, at least I think that’s where I discovered it, but to be fair, well done, because I have never used it – and I have written a whole lotta words!

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    • Thank you, Jilly. I’m glad you’re laughing. I’d never heard of it either and will honestly probably never use it again in the future! It’s not a word that flows, is it?


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