The Snopocalypse 2021 is upon us (and now I am dating myself for future releases of this DWP).
Much of the US is frozen with rolling blackouts in some areas to help maintain electric power. Plus snow, sleet, freezing rain are pretty much everywhere.
What better day to write about dystopian futures than right now? Add in the flu season, the Covid-19 pandemic and the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter and we are living in a dystopia.
So, for today’s writing prompt, I thought it would be fun to expand on this. Let’s explore the possibilities of “what if?”
On a personal note, I am working on a multi-part series of novels that has a lot of dystopian elements. As such, I am well versed in the requirements for rebuilding worlds and looking at future possibilities.
If you are as well, then this prompt should be easier for you.
Let’s take a look at what it is, now, shall we?
Write about the aftermath of a cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the Earth’s population.
Now, for this one, the “event” has already happened. So you don’t need to write about the meteor headed right for us. Or the accidental release of a super virus.
However, you should know what did happen. Was it a meteor? Perhaps it was nuclear? Whatever caused your new dystopian world, you need to know what it was.
Then, I want you to write about what comes next. It could be zombies, or the return of dinosaurs. Whatever you want. Perhaps it is a world much like Orwell’s 1984. Maybe it is more religious based like Heinlein’s Job: A Comedy of Justice.
Whatever your case may be, let’s hear about it.
You want to think about what the future holds, what do your characters need to strive for? Restoring electricity? Finding edible food? Running from ghosts?
If yours is a story of hope, perhaps you are working to rebuild. If yours is a story of despair, maybe everyone fights all the time.
Don’t forget that a world-wide event will cause families to be separated, groups to have to search for each other and so on.
When you are all done, post what you came up with in the comment section! I can’t wait to see this!