The Observatory

This prompt explores the ways in which relationship problems can affect other areas of life, with lots of room for a sci-fi plot to develop.

Following a bitter divorce, an astronomer sets up residence in the observatory where he works. As he becomes more secluded — and possibly unhinged — his astronomical findings become more bizarre.

Take this writing prompt for a spin:

  • What caused the astronomer’s divorce?
  • Is he living in the observatory out of financial necessity, or is he retreating from life outside of his work?
  • What sort of things is he seeing in the sky, and in what ways does his current mental state make people react? Does he believe what he’s seeing is real?
  • Are there any colleagues/friends/family that the astronomer has contact with?

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