Create your own Flawed Character

Old card reading "Gruss vom Krampus"

A paladin
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Wikipedia defines ‘Character Flaw’ as such: “In the creation and criticism of fictional works, a character flaw is a limitation, imperfection, problem, phobia, or deficiency present in a character who may be otherwise very functional. The flaw can be a problem that directly affects the character’s actions and abilities, such as a violent temper.”  Sometimes, even character attributes that might seem good, can be seem flawed when taken to extremes.  For instance, in Dungeons & Dragons, a paladin follows a strict moral code while also serving the will of his deity.  This typically includes never lying…which can cause problems for a group of adventurers.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that shows other characters reacting to your protagonist’s character flaw.

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Heroes and Legends

photo of Walter Payton

Today’s photo lyric is from “Big Time Operator” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  For your writing prompt today, pair that photo lyric with this quote from Walter Payton in his autobiography, Never Die Easy:  “Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best.”  Write a little Flashy Fiction inspired by the photo lyric and/or quote.  Maybe your story is about a legend teaching his kid or a team he’s coaching about how to give your everything in what you’re doing, not just in sports.  Maybe the story is about someone trying to convince a friend or loved one to not give in to a disease or depression, or maybe it’s the person fighting through it trying to explain why they continue to struggle through it.

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All Things to Everyone

image courtesy of Pixabay

Today’s photo lyric is from Slade’s “Run Run Away”.  While chameleons are able to change their colors to blend in to their environment, they aren’t really all things to everyone.  We all know people who try to be “all things to everyone”, though.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which the protagonist or antagonist fits this description.  Maybe she’s a politician, promising different things to every different group they visit while campaigning.  Maybe he’s a social butterfly, bouncing around different circles, acting however each group expects those in the group to act.  Or, maybe, your story is actually about a chameleon or a character who can change their appearance.

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