Thursday Writing Prompt No. 60

I’m so sick of the politics already I could just go hide in a cave for the next five years. It would be less stressful even if the cave were filled with big fat hairy spiders. I’m not going to talk about politics on this blog, though. It’s not because I’m apolitical, I just don’t like the hatred and vicious name-calling I see out there. Seriously, people need to learn how to discuss things so we can really make progress on solving problems. Of course, I guess that’s been a problem for the last few thousand years or so.

Okay, enough with that, but it at least gave me an idea for this week’s writing prompt. Have you ever read Lord of the Flies, by William Golding? It’s about a group of English schoolboys who are stranded on an island and have to govern themselves. Things don’t go well for them, but most of the problems are their own making. The book was written by Golding in 1954 and was his first novel. I read it when I was about 14, but I didn’t really understand the allegory and symbolism in the novel.

Your task this week is to create a story idea based on a similar theme, where a group of people must organize themselves and create their own society. Your location doesn’t have to be an island, and you can select any genre that you want to write in: historical, western, science fiction, horror, or literary. Consider adding a symbol or two to your story, but you’ll have to do some research if you want it to work well.

Don’t worry about your story’s length at this point, but instead consider working on an outline and a character sketch. If you’re a pantser and want to jump right in, then write the opening scene in which your characters first realize that they must build a society. What is the inciting incident that brings them all together?