Happy Tuesday all!
In case you missed yesterday’s introductory post to this week’s event, Preptober Prompts, you can catch up here.
Essentially, each day this week I’m posting a different prompt relating to the category of character and the topic of change in order to help you think through whatever writing project you’re currently working on.
Today’s prompt: Choose a trait of your character’s and describe how it could be abused or turned into a strength.
My character Zeb from 51 is very nostalgic and emotional, which is not necessarily bad but a trait that is often out-of-hand (I originally wrote that he is “overly emotional” and realized that’s because he’s in a very unstable place when the story happens haha).
Charlie is empathetic. She always strives to understand people, which leads to her trying to get to know people and help them. She sometimes succeeds and is able to help, but not always. In certain circumstances, Charlie suggests she knows what someone is going through and comes off as presumptuous, or, in asking questions, makes the impression of being improperly curious and prying into things that aren’t her business.
Sam, Charlie’s brother, is very loyal and protective of those he loves and because of this he makes some major decisions in his life which end up hurting his family a lot. The majority of his choices through the story are actually fueled by his loyalty to a certain cause and to his family, and then sometimes the two conflict, which throws him into a new level of stress and desperation. So on one hand, he’s a very caring son/brother and stands up for those who need it and fights for them whether that’s through little things like buying his sister ice-cream after a hard day of school, or later literally fighting to save his family. But then other times his loyalty can turn out to cause trouble and make him do very bold moves which don’t always turn out how he hopes.