42 was the Right Answer, Plus Nine

Rain sWherever you live in the world, chances are you’ve experienced


Where I live in the west of Ireland we’ve been having more than our fair share lately, so this is the topic for today’s creative writing prompt**.

Write a letter to the Rain Gods giving them your opinion on out-of-season rain (it is supposed to be summer here).

You could write about liking, hating or being indifferent to rain, how too much leads to flooding, too little to drought.

Your letter can be as long or as short as you like, but use it to express your opinion, don’t hold back. You could ask questions in the hope of getting a reply (good luck with that one) or give suggestions about what would make ideal weather conditions.

All this talk of rain might lead you to think of a favourite blue umbrella, yellow rain-mac or green wellies, or it may lead somewhere else, but try being the outraged rained-upon letter writer first.

** Knowing 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything (as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams explains in full), I began a Lockdown project of creating 42 days of writing prompts and exercises (it began here). When that finished, I decided to go weekly instead. Now, every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I post a writing prompt and suggest a way in which you can use it to generate new writing. As always it is just for enjoyment, no pressure, no hassle, no worries – and I will continue until I’ve had enough (or someone I listen to insists I stop).

You can let me know if you’re enjoying the prompts via email to louisegcolewriter(at)gmail(dot)com.