Complete this sentence for today’s writing prompt: “It had cropped up in many towns, and…” Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it. And don’t forget to submit your writing this week! You could win the Writing Elixir Mug from the Shop for Writers.

Today’s Writing Prompt: It had cropped up in many towns, and…

Today, start writing by completing the sentence: “It had cropped up in many towns, and…” Today’s writing prompt is about small-town life and the people and things that can affect it. Try to use your imagination, while also being practical when completing this prompt. And search news headlines about small towns for inspiration if needed.

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My Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Traveling Theater by K.E. Creighton

It had cropped up in many towns, and now it was going to be in ours, too. It would be here, in our town square – which isn’t really much of a square but more like a lopsided rectangle with haystacks in the middle – just before nightfall, according to the messenger at the farmer’s market.

Who would have ever imagined? A traveling theater in our small, almost nonexistent town of a few hundred in the southwest? It seems like we’re traveling back in time to when Shakespeare was alive. But somehow, we’re managing to travel into the future, yet not moving our feet at all.

We don’t see much theater around here, or ever, since the nearest theater is hundreds of miles away, so it’s bound to shake things up in one way or another. Martha says she will make pies for the crowd. And Andy says he might join their act if they’ll have him. While Jimmy and Sue and their kids already have their coordinating outfits picked out like they’re going to church.

It’s exciting. But before we get too carried away – which is hard, I’ll admit – it’s important to ask: What are they going to want in return for entertaining us? It’s almost like that time a group of men in suits came to tell us they had figured out how to heal our crops, and they all died out two years later. Everyone is still saddled by that debt.

[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.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

I think it would be interesting to go back to an era when there were traveling theater companies. What would it be like if they existed now and traveled to small towns around the world, or at least in a few states? I wonder how it would change our culture and understanding of one another…

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