Coldly Calculating: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Coldly Calculating: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

January 13, 2016 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 2

Welcome to Coldly Calculating: Writing by the Numbers.

I will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece.

Last week we had some great responses to the “A Bunch of Fives” prompt! Here are some highlights:

Paul brings us a Professor whose life just took a turn for the worse? Better? We’re left with a cliffhanger!

I panicked as sad as that is to admit.  I didn’t know what else to do, so I dealt him a bunch of fives and ran.  I hadn’t struck someone since childhood and I fairly certain that I broke my hand in the process.  He looked at me without any surprise and smiled.  “This changes nothing, Professor.”

Kat hypes us up with a young woman learning to fight her demons, literally!

When I launch myself at him, he lets me pin him to the floor, barely flinching. I punch his face until blood runs out the corner of his mouth and bruises have already formed on his cheeks. Without warning, he flips us, pinning me to the floor by my wrists.

And Stacey gives a heartbreaking peek into the mind of a woman living life on eggshells to protect her very existence.

She wanted to disappear, to curl up inside herself and cease to exist. This woman staring at her was filled with fear and an underlying exhaustion. She had no passion for life, only for survival. Even the joy she found in teaching was beginning to dim.

This week’s prompt is:

coldly calculating


A stitch in time saves nine is a proverbial expression credited to Thomas Fuller and can be found in his book Gnomologia, Adagies and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British, published in 1732. They saying basically means if you address a small issue now you can prevent it from becoming a bigger issue later. Today I want a scene where either your MC subscribes to this advice or they throw it to the wind. Can they save themselves a headache down the line or are they destine to defeat themselves? Remember, I love the darker side of fiction, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a bit.

Mehihe / Pixabay

The rules are simple:

  1. Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
  2. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  3. Share the url to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
  4. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!



2 Responses

  1. I actually tried to work both sides of the prompt. I am not sure if I succeeded.

It's YOUR write side, too! Let's hear it!

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