For this Friday, I thought I’d offer up a writing prompt from one of my favorite books, The 3 A. M. Epiphany:
Write a story in which two characters both want the same thing, and if one gets what she wants, the other can’t have what he wants. 500 words.
Great literature is often based on such conundrums. Hamlet can’t obey his father’s ghost and his mother’s wishes both at the same time. Agamemnon has to choose between sacrificing his daughter Iphigenia, or himself and his whole family, another impossible choice.