Sept 15 – Tension Tuesday

A Blind Date

For today’s prompt we’re looking at romance. In today’s world of Internet dating, there must be many more blind dates than ever before. But meeting someone you’ve never met in person before can still be very tense. Exchanging emails is not quite the same thing as talking face to face.

The Prompt

Write a short story about two people meeting up for the first time. They may have emailed, texted, tweeted or whatever, but this is the first time they’ve met face to face.


  • This doesn’t have to be all dialogue, and preferably not a lot of backstory.
  • Chose two characters looking for love, they may be young, middle aged or old. Not too much description of each, it’s the interaction we are looking for here.
  • One of the key words to consider for this story is EMOTION, what are they thinking and feeling. This may require an element of head hopping, but try to keep it to a minimum.
  • Even if they have exchanged emails, letters (does anybody still write letters?) starting off may be awkward. Who says what first? What sort of questions do they ask first.
  • It doesn’t have to be in the present, you could set it in earlier times.

OK, now stop swooning and start writing!

Malcolm Richardson has been writing creatively for the last ten years. After a slow start focussing on a novel, which is still only half completed he has concentrated on short stories over the last few years. One day the novel may be resurrected, but his current focus is entering short stories in competitions. Malcolm is a latecomer to blogging, but his Story a Day stories can be found here.

Make sure to post a comment below, with a link to your story.


17 thoughts on “Sept 15 – Tension Tuesday”

    1. I didn’t spot where that was going until almost at the end, very well done. I wrote a short story a few years ago that ended in that way. It’s good to challenge yourself with unfamiliar genres.

    1. I wish I could explain why, but something really feels off about my writing this month. I’m grateful for the variety in prompts, but I’m doing a terrible job of executing them. There’s something missing, and I can’t figure out what it is.

    1. Oo that was different! Well done, that kept me guessing and thinking. I’m still not 100% sure, was she a he?

    1. That’s a very touching story Chris (pun not intended). It took a while before I realised the score, but then it began to make sense.

      1. I felt the idea might come across as too trite or have too many expectations, so I just tried to have a little fun with it and perhaps get a little maudlin.

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