A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
There is nothing I can do. My fate is in the hands of the gods. I am helpless. Everything is out of my control.
Writing Prompt Expanded
Many things that make us anxious and worried are beyond our control. Our actions rarely affect events in the world around us. We can influence others and play our part and do our thing, but we can’t control events. For instance, the current pandemic is beyond our control. We can do our part in trying to ease transmission but how others and governments act is not down to us. Things beyond our control can make us anxious, and that is what this prompt explores.
- This prompt is all about feeling hopeless. It is about describing the feeling of not having any control.
- How does being helpless make you feel?
- Does being helpless have a physical response in your body?
- Does it make you act in a different way?
Remember this is not about you personally. This is a fiction writing prompt. It can relate to any situation and the character, even though it is written in the prompt in the first-person, it is not you. The setting of the scene can be for any situation, from something major like a pandemic to something more personal like waiting for a phone call. Characters can find themselves helpless in a variety of situations. However, I hope the prompt doesn’t leave you feeling hopeless as you try to write.
As always these writing prompts are optional and entirely open to your own interpretation. Use them as a starting point for a short story or something a little more grandiose. If you do write something, please share it or a link, in the comments or tag me. I’d love to read what you create. Write and enjoy the learning process.
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