Coldly Calculating: Seven Year Itch

Coldly Calculating: Seven Year Itch
September 7, 2016 1 Comment Coldly Calculating, Writing Prompts A.L. Mabry

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



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We’ve all heard the phrase and some of us have seen the movie. Seven year itch refers to the supposed phenomena of wanting a new mate in the seventh year of marriage. I can’t verify this personally because I wanted a new husband in the very beginning of my first marriage. My second marriage hasn’t made it to that point yet but I think it’s safe to say I have had my fill of husbands. For this week’s challenge, I want you to work in a situation for your MC has got the girl (or guy) that they struggled to get. Put us post story, in the happily ever after. Is it? 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!
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Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!





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A.L. Mabry A.L. Mabry is an Executive Editor for Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn and their children. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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    Sorry I ran a bit over the 700 mark but not by much. I had a blast with this writing prompt and not only ventured outside of the box by writing something darker than usual, but this is also my first submitted work aside from my wife’s reading. Looking forwards to the next prompt!


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