Monday, June 4, 2012
Inspire is a weekly writing prompt or exercise, posted on Mondays. Anyone who's interested can participate, and you're more than welcome to share what you've written by posting a link in the comments
This week's prompt is to write about faults. Faults and weaknesses are what make us human - they make characters believable. They can be used to make us sympathize with characters - perfection can be too annoying to read about - or to despise them, in the case of villains or antagonists. How we react to others' faults can be interesting, too - there are some people whose faults I recognize but still like to be around, and other people who have no glaringly obvious weaknesses but I cannot stand.
There's plenty of room to explore. Create a character and think about what their flaws might be, or take a character from something you're already working on and think about their weaknesses - how do they affect the character's reaction to different situations? How would the character change if they no longer had these faults? These are just a few suggestions. Feel free to experiment, and have fun!