Film Stories: The Fictions Publication June Writing Challenge

A twist on my favorite prompt

Paul Combs
Fictions

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Photo by Houses Cheung on Unsplash

Now that life has settled down for me somewhat, I hope to do a better job of issuing monthly writing prompts for the Fictions publication. Submissions always spike when there is a challenge involved, and anything that gets us writing more fiction is, in my opinion, a good thing. And even for writers who never need a prompt to get going, it always helps get the creative juices flowing in directions you didn’t expect.

I briefly considered using a twist on a question I came across after reading Matthew’s gospel this morning (before you scoff at reading the Bible, check out my article about why every writer should here). Following the passage, the devotional writer asked whether Jesus could run for political office in America today. My first thought was that He could, but He’d never win; a short story about the attempt could, however, be quite entertaining.

I chose not to issue this challenge (for now) because the mere mention of Jesus would keep some from participating, thinking I was a televangelist in disguise (I bet at least one person clicked away after the phrase “reading Matthew’s gospel). If you feel compelled to run with this one, however, by all means do so.

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Paul Combs
Fictions

Writer, bookseller, would-be roadie for the E Street Band. My ultimate goal is to make books as popular in Texas as high school football...it may take a while.