Life Begins at Forty

Life Begins at Forty

July 13, 2016 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0

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.

This Week’s Prompt

life at 40


This idiom is a newer one and it is believed that the saying was once, “Death begins at forty,” due to a shorter life expectancy. Once life expectancies increase the saying was flipped on it’s head came with a whole new meaning. At its heart, it means that life gets better at forty. The kids are grown and adulting is just a bit easier. Or is it?

Regardless of the origins, this idiom offers a lot of story fodder. This week I want you to search Google using the words “at forty years old” and then choose one link. Write a short story that reveals a more sinister twist based on the link you choose.. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

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!



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