Trifextra Prompt: Fear

clowns, mimes and the severely vertically challenged

fear, illogical

turning out to be anything like my family

fear, biological

Phobos, Deimos, Phrike, and Pan (greek gods and goddess)

fear, mythological


fear, sociological

~Melanie Blackwell

Trifextra prompt.  Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, wrote, “It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”  We are looking for a 33-word explanation of what scares you (or your character).  We already know you’re intelligent, so, according to Paterson, you should have no shortage of potential subject matter.

Good luck.  Have fun.

This weekend’s challenge is community judged.

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41 responses to “Trifextra Prompt: Fear

  1. very thought provoking….. acknowledging fear as being present across so many aspects of life. hmm.

    brilliant piece.

  2. I love your take on the prompt! Fantastic piece. I think I will submit something just for fun. 🙂

    • Thanks i just did it for fun because of your post… I have no delusions of winning 🙂 You really should participate!

      • I have a knee-jerk adverse reaction to competitions in which there are winners and losers. It is a conditioned response in which I have learned that nobody likes a winner, and even when I do not think I will win, I will purposely lose to make others happy. Unfortunately, losing becomes a habit that is hard to break.

  3. I enjoyed your tae on the prompt – clever and thought provoking.

  4. ‘turning out anything like my family’ – now thereby hangs a tale. Great list.

  5. This is a great take on the prompt! I love the way you’ve structured your piece. And that last fear is so chilling.

  6. I really love this. I’m so glad you submitted it. It’s so…clear and precise and, at the same time, fun. I don’t know what to say about the mimes and clowns, except they should probably be given a special area of the country to live in so they don’t scare everyone else, but I can tell you for sure that you will NEVER TURN OUT LIKE ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY. The Goddesses can be cool, the gods, not so much, as for apathy, if you do it right, you won’t notice that you’re even doing it and you’ll find that you have more time to write poetry. LOLOLOL Great work.

  7. Draug419

    This is awesome.

  8. Indeed, there are lots of very different fears. Well done!

  9. Glynis

    This was a very intelligent piece and a great take on the prompt!

  10. Clever writing. I find the fear of clowns to be highly amusing as you can tell from my piece. 🙂

  11. There are so many different types of fears, well-said. And the family thing, can’t really fear it anymore since it’s happened 🙂

  12. I really like this one. The apathy fear may also be a fear: political. Thanks for linking up. Don’t forget to vote.

  13. Is this a regular challenge?

  14. Tried commenting couple of times..showing some don’t know if this is duplicated…Good job analyzed the fears so well…could see my own demons

  15. KymmInBarcelona

    Love this compartmentalizing of fears.
    Terrific post!

  16. Wow! Excellent job. The analytical, OCD side of me loves how you neatly categorized your fears. 🙂

  17. clowns & mimes
    I absolutely Despise)))!!!!! xx

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