The Ink Well Fiction Writing Challenge #2 - Bad Habits
Hi @theinkwell writers and creatives. Today, is the second in our program of weekly fiction writing challenges. We're all about encouraging creativity at the ink well and inspiring as many people as possible to post new original content.
These prompts will be a weekly occurrence, with fiction on Tuesdays and poetry on Thursdays. The prompts are meant as a tool to spark an idea and can be used as a catalyst for a story, or as the impetus for the end of a story - it's all up to you and your imagination.
This fiction challenge will last for seven days. Exceptional entries will earn higher Curie rewards and will be submitted to OCD for potential inclusion in their daily community curation compilation. We encourage everyone in the community to actively participate in commenting on other member’s stories as this will build a strong community.
This week I wanted to do something different than last week. Rather than starting a story that we challenge you to finish, I would like to provide an interesting scenario that will hopefully inspire some unique and unexpected twists. The idea is to flip things on their heads, to provide an idea that will offer up an opportunity to turn the expected into the unexpected.
I would like you create a character with a bad habit. It could be something as workaday as smoking a twenty pack of cigarettes a day, or as extreme as a heroin addict who mugs people to feed their habit.
Picking your nose, road rage, interrupting people in the middle of a sentence... anything you can imagine, as extreme or seemingly harmless as you want.
Then write a story with at least two character, the main one with the bad habit and other secondary characters.
The twist: the bad habit turns out to be a force for good. In some way show how the main character's bad habit helps someone, or improves the lives of the other characters, the main character, or both.
I've purposely made this prompt more open ended than the last one. There is no genre stipulated and just an idea for inspiring many different iterations of a common theme. Even if you subvert the premise in some way that is interesting and unique, that is fine.
Above all enjoy letting your creativity take you down unexpected paths, building interesting characters that the readers will love or loathe. Or perhaps love to loathe.
I shall also join in with this fiction challenge, hopefully on Saturday. In the mean time, shock me with your character's bad habits!
I look forward to reading your entries.
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