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Mar 20 2012

Writing Prompt: Can Rear Leaders Be Interesting?

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

A politician* recently declared this about a particular military operation*:

 

You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that [the objective] was there.

 

If 100 authors each wrote a story about a commando raid, 98-100 would focus on the raid itself and/or the outcome rather than the decision to launch the raid.  Your prompt today: Write a story where a decision by one person or one group of people is more important than its execution by a different person or group of people.  Military/political setting not necessary.

 

*For our purposes here, it doesn’t matter which.

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