Hello, risk-takers and daredevils.
That was certainly a little dangerous, don’t you think? Sure, you’re okay now, and everything turned out alright in the end, but what if it hadn’t? I can’t tell you what to do, of course. But I’m just saying that, if I were you, I’d think harder next time before pulling that little stunt again, because…
This week’s writing group prompt is:
A Reckless Decision
RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW!
Make sure you scroll down and read them if you haven’t! You may not be eligible if you don’t!
Well, this prompt certainly seems easy enough, doesn’t it? Make bad decision, reap consequences. Pretty basic.
Only it’s not. Assuming so would be reckless in of itself, wouldn’t it? With the talent we have here, this can go so much deeper than that. It’s not just about being punished, or even narrowly avoiding punishment, for some crazy idea. It’s about what that crazy idea can involve, voluntarily or otherwise.
It can be as simple as a child deciding to ride their bike faster and faster, only to lose the steering and fall and scrape their knee. Or it can be as complicated as an in-debt father taking yet another IOU, despite knowing how much his family is hurting for money. Pulling some silly stunt to impress the girl, and either succeeding and making her laugh, or failing horribly and earning a different kind of laughter. A split-second decision to run out into the road to save a kitty from traffic, challenging someone who’s throwing their weight around, or even regretting sending your little friends on an errand for you. All of these can have unforeseen consequences that you never considered.
The reckless decisions can also be along the lines of thinking you know the consequences and pulling the stunt anyway. You know you could break bones jumping all those wrecked cars on your little bike, but if you made it, it’d be so worth it, right? Or maybe you know your soul would be up for the taking, but you sell it anyway, just to save them. And that ancient passage in that weird language will absolutely give you ultimate power and good looks… won’t it?
So go ahead and pull your crazy stunt. Pull us into whatever risky plan you have.
Consequences be damned, right?
Remember, this is part of our weekly Writing Group stream! Submit a little piece following the rules and guidelines below, and there’s a chance your entry will be read live on stream! In addition, we’ll discuss it for a minute and give you some feedback.
The whole purpose of this is to show off the creativity of the community, while also helping each other to become better writers. Lean into that spirit, and get ready to help each other improve their confidence in their writing, as well as their skill with their craft!
Rules and Guidelines
We read at least six stories during each stream, three of which come from the public post, and three of which come from the much smaller private post. Submissions are randomly selected by a bot, but likes on your post will improve your chances of selection, so be sure to share your submission on social media!
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- English only.
- Prose only, no poetry or lyrics.
- Use proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
- Your piece must be between 250-350 words (you can use this website to see your wordcount).
- Include a submission title and an author name (doesn’t have to be your real name). Do not include any additional symbols or flourishes in this part of your submission. Format them exactly as you see in this example, or your submission may not be eligible: Example Submission.
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What to Submit
- Keep submissions “safe-for-work”; be sparing with sexuality, violence, and profanity.
- Try to focus on making your submission a single meaningful moment rather than an entire story.
- Write something brand new (no re-submitting past entries or pieces written for other purposes
- No fan fiction whatsoever. Take inspiration from whatever you’d like, but be transformative and creative with it. By submitting, you also agree that your piece does not infringe on any existing copyrights or trademarks, and you have full license to use it.
- Submissions must be self-contained (everything essential to understanding the piece is contained within the context of the piece itself—no mandatory reading outside the piece required. e.g., if you want to write two different pieces in the same setting or larger narrative, you cannot rely on information from one piece to fill in for the other—they must both give that context independently).
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