Don’t mind me. Just sneaking in a set of writing prompts while there’s a break in the thunderstorms.

  1. Why did a mob of senior citizens burn down the local country club in the middle of the night?

  2. A civil war ends in a stalemate. Who are the unlucky souls charged by both sides to broker a truce? How can two factions who utterly hate each other build a lasting peace agreement between them?

  3. Write about an inheritance dispute over a business. Who will own it – the founder’s family or the current manager? Here’s the twist: everyone is fighting over a failing business.

  4. The ruler of a country publicly and systematically attacks followers of a certain religion. What did this group do to provoke the ruler’s wrath? Bonus points if the ruler’s charges against these people are at least partially true.

  5. An ex-convict admits to her therapist that the huge corporation which (graciously) gave her a job feels eerily like prison. What must she do to finally regain true freedom? How can the therapist be an ally in this story?

If you use any of these prompts, please share your story or a link to your story in the comments below.