The Grapes of Wrath

grapes s This week’s creative writing prompt concerns jealousy. I’m going to give you an opening line and leave you to see where it goes: “By then, it was all because of sour grapes.” Think about the meaning of this phrase – it is reputed to have started with an Aesop fable ‘The Fox and the Grapes’. The story goes that a wily fox tried really hard to take some juicy grapes from the vine. When he failed, he saved face by claiming they weren’t to his taste anyway, the grapes were sour. So. Sour grapes? What is your character upset about? Why? What is going on? Where? When? How are they affected by this situation? What is the story?  As always, try to avoid going into detail about your character’s background, looks, clothes etc unless that information is pertinent to the story. Also, there is no need to describe the scenery or be specific about the place unless that moves the action along. Your readers will be clever enough to fill in the gaps – it is your job as a writer to make enough suggestions to make them want to keep reading your interesting story. We’re still working on flash fiction, which in this case is going to be a small enough bunch of words  – try 300…

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 creative writing. I usually include suggestions for short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction.

Knowing 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams explains in full), I began this in March 2020 as a Lockdown project  for my creative writing group members, creating 42 days of writing prompts and exercises. It began here.

When the original 42 prompts finished, I decided to go weekly instead. As always it is just for enjoyment, no pressure, no hassle, no worries and I will continue until I’ve had enough (or someone insists I stop).