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.
That’s one nasty looking storm cloud out there. Write a little Flashy Fiction involving a bad storm. Maybe you’re out on the water when you spot this on the horizon. Maybe you’re on the coast and spot it out over the water. Maybe this isn’t even a “natural” storm.
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.
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.
Out and about in the woods at night, you look around and can’t help but notice all of the lights in the trees. At first glance, you think, “Oh, look, there are so many fireflies.” But then you notice the color isn’t quite right, and they don’t usually fly up among the tree branches. Write a little Flashy Fiction describing your investigation of these beautiful lights, or your encounter with whatever they really are.
In “A Girl Like You”, The Smithereens were talking about how people didn’t think the song’s protagonist belonged with “the girl”, about how those people stared and talked about them. In a similar vein, write a little Flashy Fiction in which your protagonist is coming into his or her own, taking a stand against the crowd’s expectations. Maybe they are just getting comfortable in their own skin. Maybe they’ve been egged on by someone with nefarious intentions. Or, maybe, like The Smithereens protagonist, they are bucking the crowd because they are smitten, maybe even in love.
You’ve heard the tale of the magical tree that grows deep in the swamp. Most believe it a myth. Write a little Flashy Fiction about this mythical tree. It could be about the mythos of the tree itself, about your protagonist’s search for it, or what becomes of your protagonist and/or the tree after it’s found.
One jolly man in a red suit. A sleigh pulled by reindeer…that flies. Gifts delivered to all homes, huts, apartments, cabins, boats, etc. around the world, with and without chimneys, to all who made the nice list, coal to those who made the naughty…in one night. Sounds implausible, but somehow Santa manages it. He may have visited you last night. Write a little Flashy Fiction in which you describe Santa’s Ride. You could focus on how he gets in and out without being spotted, how he is able to visit so many places so quickly, or how he knows what gifts to deliver, even when the recipient hasn’t sent him a letter.