If you haven’t watched Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga on Netflix, you should. Then, after you watch the documentary, you should write something based on what you encountered while watching it.

Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Playing the Stock Market

Today, write a fictional scene about a retail investor in the stock market who wakes up one morning and discovers that they lost a lot of money after a short squeeze. Or just write about someone who loses a lot of money in the stock market.

For additional insight and information for this writing prompt, watch Eat the Rich: The Gamestop Saga on Netflix, or read 6 of the Most Shocking Stock Increases and Falls.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Playing the Stock Market, by K.E. Creighton

Johnny’s phone started buzzing so much that it fell off the nightstand and continued to skitter across the hardwood floor in his room. He couldn’t tell what time it was because it was still dark outside and his phone wasn’t by him anymore to look at. The phone wouldn’t stop buzzing, so he had to crawl out of bed and across the floor to grab it. When he looked at it, he saw that there were over 500 notifications. And they just kept on coming as his eyes adjusted to the glow of the screen in the dark.

All the financial message boards he kept tabs on were blowing up because of … GameStop. He should have known. He was debating selling his Gamestop stock yesterday when the shares reached astronomical levels but decided to hang onto them until today after he took his daughter, Lucy, to school.

Johnny turned on the overhead lights to see what all the fuss was about. He had put his life savings into the stock. And now, no one was buying it. Or really selling it. Because they couldn’t. His trading app had prevented all retail traders from buying GameStop stock. And the traders were livid. Why? Everyone was speculating and there didn’t seem to be any clear answers.

By the time Johnny was caught up on his notifications and had an inkling of what was going on, Lucy was up and he had to make her breakfast and take her to preschool. And when he got back home to check on the stock that afternoon, he realized he had lost it all, all his money. There would be no more money to pay off credit card debt or save up for a house for Lucy or money for Lucy’s tuition or his retirement. It was all gone.

Johnny knew some people would say he was reckless for putting all his savings on the line and that he got what he deserved. But weren’t the short sellers and hedge fund managers even more reckless than he was? They just didn’t feel the consequences of their initial actions and tactics. Ever. Regardless, in an odd way, he didn’t regret his decision too much, because his entire life was a financial gamble of sorts. There was never enough money to go around without strategic maneuvering, regardless of the hours he put in at his three jobs.

[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 felt compelled to complete this writing prompt because retail traders got a lot of attention during the squeeze of GameStop, but they didn’t necessarily get the attention for good reasons. And how their trading power was manipulated in the long run is something worthy of being recognized and written about.

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