Coldly Calculating: One Hit Wonder

Coldly Calculating: One Hit Wonder

March 8, 2017 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0

A.L. Mabry 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

While the 50’s and 60’s are known for an abundance of one hit wonders, the term itself doesn’t really seem to come into play until around the late 70’s. It is mostly used in reference to music artist but can be applied to any artist in general. Sometimes the term is even used as slang, possibly in reference to sex. “He was a one hit wonder in the bedroom.” Show us a scene where your MC is hitting a high note in life and realizes the was his one moment, one hit, one success. Show us the spiral after the ascent. 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. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!
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