There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Shakespeare Today, let’s write a scene in which a character, who has been doing something completely “normal,” is confronted by an inconceivable Abomination. Abominations are a mockery of reality. They break all the rules. They comeContinue reading “15 December 2017 Writing prompt: Abomination”
Aristotle called it Hamartia, meaning to miss the mark or too err. It’s the part of a story when a central character’s tragic flaw that distracts from an initial intention and drives the plot toward a different end. Your mission is to write a scene in which a character’s tragic flaw exerts itself on theContinue reading “1 Dec Writing Challenge: Hamartia”
He raises the old .22 and fires a bullet at the cops. The cops shoot back. He gets hit! While dying he thinks, the bitch was right all this time. Everything she said. “You’ll fail!” and he did. At least he tried. Right? Attempt coupled with failure is still a success? No.
A suicidal Thomas Scanlen scrapes a bit more rock from the initials he works into the soft moss covered stone. Next to his giant T.S. is an ancient bit of writing that could be Latin and next to it a bit of Celt. Satisfied he turns and faces the roar of water behind him. They say itContinue reading “Looking for Someplace Better”