The word of the week is:



  1.  of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible
  2. made, evolved, or developed a long time ago
  3. extremely primitive or outmoded

Here is an example from Little Sister by Carol Birch

Check the milk, yes enough. Run upstairs past the Ambrose prints on the landing, turn on the radiator in my study, pull out the little sofa bed for him and hunt out a duvet. Sniff it. Little bit musty but not too bad. What will it look like to him in here, my mess, my old books, my antediluvian word processor, my piano with the piles of tattered sheet music on the top.

MOMArt. Untitled (Toronto) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres photo by Sookie


Write for five minutes, using the word “antediluvian” as frequently as you can. When you’re fin­ished, post your practice in the comments section. For this week try and bring in storms and presidents or whatever is going on in your neck of the woods.
Also, extra credit if you use the word of the week in your daily practice!

My Practice

Taking the House
Storm McKnight became President of the United States of America the night the power went out on the Eastern seaboard. The rest of the country followed until the country was under nightfall curfew. With no electricity, water had to be transported to every area. Malls were soon no-go areas and the streets were patrolled by antediluvian tanks and grumpy trigger happy soldiers. Religious fanatics could be heard on every street corner, the end of the world is nigh was their mantra with differing small print. Riots were an everyday occurrence.

Storm only saw the ones outside the high security fence in the White House. He snuck out to hear what people were saying and was shocked to find no one knew him. The lights went out before the result was broadcast. They were shouting the old incumbent’s name. According to the experts Storm listened to each day the nubots at the electricity plants all over the country had come down with some kind of robot flu. A search for the antidote was taking precedent over everything else.

Power returned two years to the day and he made his first address to the nation. Two years without being photographed daily and a house full of sinecures none of whom was going to tell him he looked like an antediluvian relic. People all over the country baulked at his appearance and rebelled. Were you one of the rioters that night The White House was taken?

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).