Makes me think of the creative brief used in advertising. Some would think it’s a springboard to inspire a creative team’s genius, not a document used to pose a problem with confined parameters.
But the last thing a good creative wants is someone to try to inspire them with pithy cuteness or an “open lane.” Instead, just give me a compelling problem to solve, and the arena to work within, and I’ll figure out the inspiring part.
And this is what bugs me most about so many writing prompts (mostly for fiction): they undermine the creator’s vision and understanding of the story’s purpose (or the “problem” it aims to solve). One that only that author could.
Instead, so many prompts offer prefab, plug-and-play solutions intended to springboard the writer.