Coldly Calculating: Zero Tolerance

Coldly Calculating: Zero Tolerance

May 24, 2017 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0

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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

This phrase has a variety of “origins” dating back to the 1950’s. This one is cut and dry but also open to interpretation. Zero tolerance leaves no room for negotiation. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It’s time for your MC to lay down the law. It’s a tense scene, maybe they agree with the zero tolerance idea, maybe they don’t. Regardless it must be enforced.  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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