Flaws (advanced)-Section 3: Lecture 11

This was a difficult writing exercise. Following the lecture was a snap and completely understood the end goal. I don’t know if I’m overthinking the material and prompt or is it writer’s block? I know it doesn’t help that I have a toothache (dental appointment and tooth extraction scheduled for tomorrow). For this 10-minute writing prompt exercise, I had to pick a number 1-10 for the character and then again for the random flaw. The name of the exercise is. ‘What needs fixing?’ Find a character with some sort of unexpected flaw and give it a try. This exercise helped me realize that this can help add dimension to my characters.


A pirate (character) that hates conflict (flaw):

The last looting adventure was a complete blunder. The owners of the ship were so strong and intimidating. I know my crew thinks that I can’t run this ship and are already planning to take my vessel from me. It’ll probably be better if I just give it to them because they’re right. What kind of pirate am I to back down from a tea merchant? He was just a little man but he had a brute personality and I know he meant that he wasn’t going to give his tea to just anyone. It was better for all involved to go separate ways. Maybe the next raiding voyage we do should be at night when everyone is sleeping. We can sneak on the targeted boat, grab what we want, and quietly leave.

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