A Writing Prompt for You


I thought I would give you a challenge in the form of a prompt. It’s always fun to write from a prompt. When thinking about possible ways to write the story, I try not to take the obvious route. Instead, I will take a unique or unusual way of approaching the story.

Stories written with a moral can be a real challenge. A moral is a lesson for a story. It is a type of message that teaches a reader a life lesson, such as what is right or wrong, how to make decisions, or how to treat other people. Many children’s stories have a moral. Examples of these are “The Tortoise and the Hare” or “The Princess and the Pea,” but they are not exclusively limited to fables or fairy tales. An excellent example of a universal story with a moral is “The Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry. This classic story has a moral lesson about gift-giving. It is a compelling story as many stories with a moral turn out to be.

Your challenge today is to write a story in which the moral is “A bird in the hand is better than two in a bush.”

I would love to hear from you as to how you approach this challenge! Comments are welcome.

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