Ten Green Bottles

Ten Green Bottless

Isn’t it nice when things line up? And add up? All that sense and sensibility, all that order. All that


Today’s creative writing prompt gives you the opportunity to challenge facts vs fiction.

Like in my picture. There are NINE green bottles, not ten. Did you count them, or just take my word for it? Should you believe what you are told or should you check facts for yourself?

Here is another chance for you to put the world to rights with an opinion piece. Have a rant if you must, but have a go at telling your readers what you like about being truthful and what lengths you will go to make sure your information is accurate.

Fake news is everywhere, so we’re told. But who decides which bits of news are real or not, which should be reported, which should be suppressed? Who should we believe?

I don’t have any answers here, only opinions, just like you. Write them down and make your views entertaining and interesting for your reader. Today, you can choose the length of article you should write, although don’t give it less than 500 words or more than 1,500.

And if you are wondering about the bottles, I stumbled across this scene in a side street in central Rome several years ago, so I took a photo. Believe it or not, I was on holiday, in a hot country, with no travel restrictions or social distancing to consider. Remember those days?

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 or 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).