In case you missed it, a large batch of text messages sent and received by billionaire Elon Musk before his bid to buy Twitter fell apart were leaked recently. Today’s writing prompt is based on that real-life event. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Billionaire’s Texts Leaked

Today, write a fictional short opinion-based news story about a billionaire’s leaked texts. Try to write at least 300 words but no more than 500.

Read Billionaire Gives it All Away, as well as the completed version of this prompt below, for additional writing inspiration.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Billionaire’s Leaked Texts, by K.E. Creighton


Yesterday, a reputable source leaked texts sent and received recently by billionaire Marc Zuckman regarding his bid to buy Elektrik Energy outright. And the leaked texts revealed… well, nothing. At least, they revealed nothing about Zuckman’s bid or intentions with making Elektrik Energy private again.

In the over two hundred texts that were leaked yesterday, the only thing that stood out was how sycophantic everyone who sent Zuckman messages was.

Everyone who sent Zuckman messages regarding his bid for Elektrik Energy, even multi-millionaire Frank Smith who’s known to be a real bull when it comes to energy investments, rooted for Zuckman’s success without reservation. Smith at one point texted Zuckman, unprompted, “whatever you need to make this elektrik deal work, let me know and I can make it happen.”

Many of those who texted Zuckman thanked him repeatedly and were quick to agree to anything he requested. Or anything Zuckman simply stated, for that matter. There were over fifteen texts that read, “whatever you think,” twelve that read, “of course,” and six that read, “no problem.”

Not one of the millionaires–and three billionaires– who chatted with Zuckman via text about his bid for Elektrik Energy questioned his intentions with the company or tried to ask him questions about the business itself, or costs associated with acquiring it or operating it, or how much it’s worth. One billionaire even texted, “whatever YOU think is fair YOU pay. end of story.”

What the texts essentially reveal is… nothing. Nothing about what Zuckman wants for the real future or direction of Elektrik Energy. Or what that will mean for its customers, minor shareholders, the energy industry overall, or the heap of energy-related legislation its sale and acquisition will impact in the years ahead.

What everyone is left wondering after Zuckman’s texts were leaked is: If these supposed influencers and an elite cohort of millionaires and billionaires won’t question Zuckman about his intentions and motives regarding his bid to acquire Elektrik Energy, who will? And how will this wind up affecting customers, as well as an entire industry that’s already in hot water legally, so to speak?

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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