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Writing Prompt #102 “Hamartia”


Hamartia literally means tragic flaw. In stories this flaw often leads to the heroes downfall. We all have traits that complicate our lives, traits that put us in the line of oncoming traffic, traits that lock us into a futile and ceaseless battle with ourselves/the world. Like the woman who continuously chooses unavailable men or the man whose self-worth directly correlates to the size of his wallet. The first time we put on a mask in order to belong is a mistake many of us can admit to making. As this challenge is more or less self-explanatory I won’t go into painful detail but I invite you to do so!

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Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

15 comments on “Writing Prompt #102 “Hamartia”

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  4. CC Champagne
    April 12, 2015

    Hmmm… Well, an attempt was made! *smile* This was a great prompt, regardless of whether I succeeded or not!


  5. julespaige
    April 12, 2015

    Very interesting. Looking at this from the villains point of view… they often think of themselves as the hero that is misunderstood. And are annoyed and a bit surprised when ‘unmasked’. But then villains often think they have no flaws at all.


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  8. Vagrant Rhodia
    April 13, 2015

    Cathartic Release (yes, that is a picture of me)


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  10. phylor
    April 14, 2015

    I focused on my tragic flaw — believing that masks are more real than the lines on my face.


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