42 is the Right Answer, Day 10

watch sYour Day Ten Creative Writing Prompt:

Late again!

Who (or what) is late? How late? Why? What are they doing/supposed to be doing? Does it matter if they’re late? Who else is noticing the lateness? Is there a sinister reason for being late? Or a ridiculous one? A happy mistake, perhaps? Blood? Puppies? Roller skates? Library books?

I’m looking for something longer today, a 1,800 to 2,000-word short story. This must be fiction, even if you are basing the story on something that happened to you in the past. Change the names and places, and then elaborate.

Use your imagination!

What’s at stake? Big or small? One person or many? Exotic location or downtown backyard? Is there food involved? Chocolate? Drink? What’s the weather doing – but only mention this if it is important in keeping the story moving. The same with clothes and fashion – only let your readers know what your characters are wearing if it is relevant to the story. It’s probably pertinent to reveal they’re outside, stark naked and it is snowing, for example.

I don’t expect a complete story to be done in a day, but you can make a start and keep coming back to it until it is finished. You’ll then need to edit, edit, edit and then re-write until it’s the best thing you’ve ever created.

Then you can consider sending off your story to the RTÉ 1 Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition.  You’ve got until May 8th. The first prize is €3,000, and ten writers will get their stories broadcast on the radio. It is free to enter, so what are you waiting for?


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I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).