Coldly Calculating: Seven Deadly Sins
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
Many people think of the Bible when they hear the phrase “seven deadly sins.” While these are indirectly referenced in the Bible the origin is actually attributed to Greek monk, Evagrius Ponticus. The original list included eight terms. They were translated into Latin and then later they were amended by Pope Gregory. Four elements were combined and one was added giving us these: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. For this week’s challenge, I want you to pick one of these traits and write it into your character. Exaggerate it, make it ridiculously large. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.
The rules are simple:
- Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
- Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
- 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.
- Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
- Have FUN!
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
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