Coldly Calculating: One Stop Shop

Coldly Calculating: One Stop Shop

March 1, 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

One of the writer’s greatest muses is people watching. There are many places to effectively do this but a “one stop shop” often offers an array of people from many demographics. Just like the shoppers can find a variety of items, the writer can find a variety of story fodder. What sparks your imagination? Their clothes? The items in their cart? Their interaction with others in the store? Put me in a scene with your MC, the shop can be modern or magical. Anything in between. 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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Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!





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