Monday, June 22, 2020

Writing Prompt: Operation Mayhem

For today's writing exercise, we'll dip a toe into the world of political thrillers.  We'll begin with the known fact that somewhere in far off lands, there are whole offices of people spending time online with the sole purpose of fomenting and exacerbating arguments between various factions within western society.  In other lands and other buildings, secretive organizations seek to weaken society's resolve in the war against terrorism.  They spread rumors that horrible terror incidents were actually "inside jobs" perpetrated by shadowy government conspiracies.  We'll sprinkle in a smattering of actual bona fide conspiracies and secretive moves by politicians and major financial interests.  By the end of the day, everyone questions everything everywhere.

For today's writing prompt, examine your own society, look at its political and societal fault lines, and write a short piece of fiction about agents of a foreign power that try to create -

Mayhem

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