The word of the week is:



  1. given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
  2. aggressively greedy or grasping, inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate, covetous
  3. (of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious, ravenous

Here’s an example from Kurt Vonnegut’s  God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.


Write for five minutes, using the word “rapacious” as frequently as you can. When you’re fin­ished, post your practice in the comments section. Also, extra credit if you use the word of the week in your daily practice!

Hand of Hope

My Practice:

She grasped my finger and in that millisecond all rapacious thoughts left my body and soul and I was sucked into that selfless life known as ‘being a parent’. The power in that tiny hand, not squeezing so as to cause harm but in the commonality of babies before and after her, in purchase, in claiming ownership of love. Over many years she broke my heart many times, each fall, each schoolyard fight and later each time her heart was broken by fickle boys. In parenthood I found unselfish love that knew no bounds, I gave that girl everything, poured myself out for her. Yesterday I gave her away, to her new husband, the love between them so evident. A pure love, no rapaciousness present.

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).