The Ink Well Fiction Writing Challenge #3 - What is Your Major Malfunction?

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Hi @theinkwell writers and creatives. Today, is the third 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 are 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 we wanted to shake it up a little with a challenge - at least for those of you who are relatively normal - that will drive you out of your mind. A dastardly exercise in character writing that will have you asking yourself... what is my major malfunction?

This prompt is brought to you by @raj808 and @stormlight24 at @theinkwell. This diabolical prompt came from a conversation and combination of both our fevered imaginations. I'm not taking all the blame for this one 😉

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Fiction Prompt:

I would like you create a character who has some type of mental health or emotional issues. It could be something potentially comedic like Tourettes syndrome, or as extreme as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or manic depression.

This character is placed in an impossible situation, forcing them to do something they know will hurt one, or more people in their lives. Possibly you could take it further and this could be a decision that will negatively effect many more people.

Part of our idea was to try and inspire the writer to show the inner struggle of the main character in making that difficult decision. Or maybe, as with a sociopath, lack of inner struggle but ultimate frustration when things don't turn out as s/he expected.

Optional twist: in a twist of fate their decision ends up benefiting not just them, but also the people around them (the other characters that populate the story).

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As with all our prompts it is completely open ended. If you want to ignore parts of the suggested elements, this is entirely fine. The only part I would ask you to adhere to is that the character has some type of mental or emotional behavioral problem.

Above all enjoy letting your creativity take you down unexpected paths, building interesting characters and finding ways to express your experience through them. This is the heart of great imaginative writing, taking your own life experiences and birthing creativity through story telling.

I shall also try to join in with this fiction challenge, hopefully on Saturday or Sunday. In the mean time, shock me with your character's lunacies, actions and reactions!

I look forward to reading your entries.

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A very good prompt indeed!!

Hey boomy.

One could almost say... you could go mad with this one 😉🤪

If you're down to clown with communities, we'd love to see an entry from ya if it catches your imagination.

If the muse comes a calling I will, I have found myself with a bit less time to write these days with all this corona blah blah nonsense. PAin in the chuff!

I wish I was a really good story writer, let's see the entries from the better guys here. Thanks a lot Rowan

Hey folks. Here's my take.

The Ink Well Fiction Writing Challenge #2 - Bad Habits
Should this be #3? Or should #2 be #1?
The Ink Well Fiction Writing Challenge #2 - What is Your Major Malfunction?

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.

It can be tragi-comic, with TS-ers saying some wildly inappropriate things, loudly, in public.
No, it isn't my excuse; mine is a simple lack of social filter or comprehension or awareness.

You really think we should publicly post our personal Major Malfunction?
In many cases, it's already obvious, isn't it? :) Some of us hide our failings better than others, and those who do, you are #challenged to 'fess up!

Lol, entirely up to you 😉

I have no problem with showing my best and worst traits in my writing. My last story, The Dinner Party for example, shows my altruistic side and deep belief that kindness for kindness sakes is the path to human beings changing this world and their very nature.

But in the comments I addmit to previous addictions to cocaine and extasy. I have no filter, but I'm not saying everyone else should be that way.

Show as much or little of your character's madness as you like :)

P.s. you're right about the typos. Corrected now. I'm fundamentally exhausted at the moment for a number of reasons. I see a fourteen hour sleep on the horizon.

Oh, @raj808. This is so rich. Who isn't complicated? That's a euphemism for emotionally challenged. This might be distracting and fun. This is fiction, right?

How do you reblog on Steempeak? New to me.

Ah! Nice! It will be fun to see what The Ink Well authors come up with for this one! Great job on the prompts.

Contributing once again for the week. I also cross-posted on #HIVE.

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