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Writing Prompts to Get You Started #29

Welcome to the place that is dedicated to getting you writing (again?). Maybe you have absolutely no idea where to start but have always wanted to try being a writer. Maybe you want to write the great American novel or you thought you'd write a poem about hidden life of a grain of sand. Maybe you just need a little inspiration to get you started or you find yourself just a little stuck. Maybe you find yourself trying to break out of your comfort zone or mix things up at work. Whatever your reason for landing here, practicing a little creativity can impact your life in ways you didn't expect.

But let's be honest. Creativity is a muscle and it needs exercise to work properly. That's where this series comes in. With any luck, this series will get your creative juices flowing and get you thinking in ways you hadn't before. Throughout the summer, we posted a couple of prompts every week. We cut back a little during the school year but will attempt to post at least one prompt a month. If you are interested in more, not only are there prompt sites online, we also have a prompt booklet you can get from us and enough creative people on staff to maybe come up with an idea you can run with if you come in and ask.


Have you ever been so outmatched (or done the outmatching) that the outcome seemed foreordained long before the final bell or whistle sounded? So definitively decided that the game should have been called with a mercy rule but the hits kept landing and the points kept piling up? Have you ever been a part of a game where you decided that it had become so one sided that you would have rather put the other team out of its misery but were forced to continue to rain down your superiority upon them because they failed to call uncle and no one else would throw in a towel? How about the idea that coaches of amateur teams can be suspended for having too successful of a game?

When it comes right down to it, is it a moral issue? Is it more ethical to give it your all against even the most outmatched opponent and play to the bitter end or is it more ethical to decide right then and there that the one team is outmatched and call the game without giving them a chance to either lose utterly or make a final quarter comeback? Are you proving them worthy opponents by giving them that chance or are you simply bullies beating a weaker team into submission? And what about from the other side? Should you admit defeat with grace long before the match is over or give it your all and fight to the bitter end?

No matter what your answers to the above questions, there is a story behind it. What is yours?

Write a sports story about a one-sided game. And if you really want to go for the extra credit, take a look at the other side of the scoreboard and write that one as well

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