Ten writing prompts that play with reader expectations

Since I don’t really have much to add in the way of writing advice that hasn’t already been said before, here’s some funky writing prompts instead:

  1. An eldritch abomination/horrifying cryptid is actually real and comes into the public limelight to terrify humanity again, only to be rather confused by having a ready-made fandom and memes about them. They eventually decide that stardom isn’t so bad and becomes a regular figure on talk shows, discussing their horror dimensions from which they originated.
  2. A deity falls in love with you and while their text messages to you are god-tier entertaining, you’re really not interested in a relationship with them.
  3. A mysterious entity takes over your country’s government and appears to be capable of controlling everything that happens with very little effort. However, they have a weakness for your award-winning homemade recipe and would do just about anything for a batch.
  4. History class at night school is rather boring until ghosts start giving their input during the lectures.
  5. Whenever anything is burned to ashes, it appears in another dimension. The original resident of this other dimension is starting to get rather annoyed by the clutter.
  6. Atlanteans asked the gods to hide them from the rest of the world because they were having a very bad case of Impostor Syndrome-induced anxiety and didn’t want to put up with other people’s pressures and expectations anymore.
  7. Demons don’t cook anything to eat and they think the human customs of doing so are essentially a magical religious practice.
  8. A knight has a mission to rescue a princess from the villain/monster, only to find that she has already escaped and the only clues as to where she went were left behind in a diary.
  9. A wizard commissions a magical cloak of invisibility, but a typo in their order leads them to receive a cloak of enhanced visibility instead.
  10. A young witch attempts the common taboo of making a love potion and manages to succeed, but the potion promotes platonic love and enhanced communication skills. The government sees it as a threat to the war effort.

(Crossposted from my other writing blog.)
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