Curmudgeons – Daily Writing Prompts

I’m sure we all know at least one or two curmudgeons personally or otherwise. They might be a next-door neighbor or even a grumpy old family member that nobody really likes to be around.

Ill-tempered people sap the energy out of the room. They say all the wrong things at the wrong time and offer no apology whatsoever. It makes it even worse when their grumpiness is excused by their utter unwillingness to conform, masked as an inability to change.

Happy Curmudgeons Day.

Today your characters will get a chance to experience some rather unpalatable curmudgeons of their own, and find creative ways to tolerate or put them in their place.

29th January Writing Prompts

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In honor of Curmudgeons Day, write an original story involving the following scenarios.

  1. Your character lives next door to an old man who finds joy in kicking puppies and children who cross his path.
  2. A grumpy old woman mistaken for a witch uses her unpopularity to cover up her spy identity.
  3. The character in your story is a handsome prince by day and an old git at night with an insufferable hatred for everyone and everything.
  4. An ill-tempered sickly old woman is visited by the ghosts of her cheerful past and her miserable future.
  5. Your old ill-tempered character bonds with a sweet-natured child next door with a terminal illness.

Remember to use the tag ‘dailywitheli’ so that I can add your story to my word prompt hall of fame. You do not have to attempt all of the prompts. However, if and when inspiration strikes, do follow the muse.

For today’s prompt, we are tackling Micro-Fiction. This is a story with no more than 100 words. Therefore, as always, try your best to stick within the confines of the word count.

Take time to stretch, walk, grab a drink of water and make a curmudgeon smile, if you dare.

All in all, have fun with today’s writing prompts. 

Until tomorrow,



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