It’s your flaws I want to taste.
Your brooked mouth.
The way you smell after being
out all day. Your knees, so eager
to bend
to whatever song is playing in
your head.
Your chest, as it rises and falls
and rises and falls
on the carpeted ground. Your
sometimes smooth chin.Your
tangled hair.
Your good morning,
every morning.
I don’t want to be able to run
my fingers through you easily.
It is no fun writing about
perfections. I want to talk about you.
Flawed. Crooked.
—  Lora Mathis, Black Coffee
qualities and flaws of each sign

Aries quality - will stand up for you or themselves, does not tolerate shit, self-assured, bold, loyal, caring, protective of friends/family
Aries flaw - overly aggressive, confrontational, and argumentative, provocative, unempathetic and unsympathetic, volatile, perceives sadness as weakness, will go too far to prove dominance/boldness/etc.
Taurus quality - chill,honest, hard to fight with, relaxing presence, relatable, funny, fashionable, doesn’t follow the herd, good taste
Taurus flaw - overly judgmental/critical, prone to superiority complex, stuck in their opinions
Gemini quality - adaptable, easy to talk to and befriend, unargumentative, polite, agreeable
Gemini flaw - can act fake, ignorant, can inadvertently offend people, appear shallow, doesn’t think about the consequences of actions/decisions
Cancer quality - intelligent, is good at making people feel better, is honest without being offensive, tolerant, makes effort to not hurt people, empathetic
Cancer flaw - can either be clingy or make others feel clingy, turns everything into a debate, puts up with too much shit from others/doesn’t stand up for themselves,  too easily offended
Leo quality - sympathetic, very loyal, very caring, self-assured, projects confidence, ambitious, not lazy
Leo flaw - self-centered, insecure, plays with other’s emotions to boost own esteem, manipulative, talks unnecessary shit
Virgo quality - attentive, ambitious, driven, honest, considers details, puts in a lot of effort, not lazy, works hard, tries their best, wants the best for friends and family
Virgo flaw - repressed emotions, prone to outbursts of misplaced rage and anger, takes stress out on family, overly critical of others, obsessive, overly perfectionist 
Libra quality - nice, humorous, friendly, good communicators, analytical, can understand people’s emotions and psyches/why they do things, balanced, empathetic, fun, fashionable, diplomatic
Libra flaw - overly defensive/sensitive, indecisive, argumentative, places self-esteem in superficial matters of popularity, unsympathetic, prone to extreme mood swings/overpowered by their emotions, can be lazy
Scorpio quality - doesn’t follow herd, intriguing, humorous, intellectual, fashionable, loyal and very committed, caring, supportive, always there for you
Scorpio flaw - moody, bitter, can worsen your mood, overly judgmental, superiority complex, untrustworthy, grudge-holders, does too many things just for the aesthetic
Sagittarius quality - very honest, confident, bold, very witty/funny, fashionable, stands up for themselves and their friends, does not put up with shit, sees things how they are
Sagittarius flaw - very abrasive, can be rude, too blunt, can be mean/offensive, sometimes annoying, unsympathetic, unempathetic
Capricorn quality - very driven, very ambitious, very hard-working, pays attention to detail, motivated, often successful, rational, logical, inoffensive, levelheaded, sensible
Capricorn flaw - way too serious, repressive, bottles up emotions, detached, impersonal, difficulty making friends, forming bonds, and connecting with people, unempathetic
Aquarius quality - intellectual, very funny, likable, relatable, adventurous, very chill, unafraid, up for anything, individualistic, easy to hang out with
Aquarius flaw - unsympathetic, unempathetic, detached, unemotional, disloyal, can’t commit, difficulty maintaining friendships/relationships for long periods, copes unhealthily, abandonment issues, can be mean/cruel/deceptive
Pisces quality - very sympathetic, VERY empathetic, good listener, imaginative, creative, optimistic, gives good advice, good at cheering people up, kind, inoffensive, very intuitive
Pisces flaw - doesn’t stand up for themselves/others, overly sensitive, too easily hurt, naive, unrealistic, overpowered by emotions, can be lazy, can’t see things as they are, oblivious 

anonymous asked:

i dont know why the life of me but for some reason i have the hardest time doing with character flaws any advice

Character flaws can be a type of conflictand in the old art of storytelling, thou shalt have conflict on every page. Here are some quick tips for how to implement and organise the flaws of your characters.

Deciding on Character Flaws

Although it might sound simple, one good way to get a grip on what kind of personality traits your character has is to write them all down in a list. If you’re out of practice with this – or find you don’t know how to figure out where the flaws are – pick a favourite character of yours and think about all of the traits they have. After you have a list of traits, organise them into ‘Flaws’ and ‘Strengths’.

There are all kinds of character flaws. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

For some people, it’s all too common that they write out their character’s traits and find that almost all of them are good. This has happened to me before too, so I decided to take some of the ‘positive’ traits and think about how they could be negative ones in the context of the story.

To give an example, one of my characters is quite sensitive. To me, this is a nice trait to have, because it means she is receptive to the world – and people – around her, making her compassionate and understanding. However, in the story, this makes it hard for her to adapt to all of the changes that happen around her. She struggles to cope because of this sensitivity, and in turn it makes her naïve and easy to manipulate.

If the list of traits you have are all wholly positive and you really can’t make anything negative out of them, then you need to think a lot about your character to see if you can develop them a little.

All people have flaws, and so should your characters. If you’re stuck and you have a hard time perceiving the flaws of your favourite characters, try to think about the people around you that you care for. We all love our families and friends to pieces, but when you spend a lot of time with someone, you can easily pick out the little things that might bug you. This isn’t a bad thing! Everyone is different, and sometimes those flaws make them the person they are, and the person that you care about. They just wouldn’t be the same without those flaws…!

Character Flaws as Conflict

Your characters need to work for the story. This means that their decisions and behaviour(s) should have a direct impact on the events taking place.

For example, let’s say you have two characters with no flaws who get along very well and do everything together. In the story, they manage to defeat their main foe, Evilness. In the end, they’re happy and still best friends, and everything is grand.

That would be a completely linear, uninteresting tale of two perfect people doing perfect things perfectly. And nobody wants to read about that.

Think about the things your characters do and say that might cause problems in your story. If you know who they are, then their behaviour and reactions should become second nature to you as you write. So if you have Character A, who is kind-hearted and headstrong, but is unable to control her temper, she might argue with Character B, who, whilst friendly and wilful, can’t deal with being shouted at all of the time, and defiantly makes his own way instead.

In this example, both characters have good traits, but it is their bad ones that cause a conflict on the page. They argue because Character A is aggressive, whilst Character B is stubborn. These flaws cause problems for them both, which divides the story off into two directions.

Ultimately, it all boils down to how well you know your characters. You need to not only know what their good points are, but their bad points so you can discern their limits in certain situations.


I hope this helps…!

- enlee

The Signs Powers and Struggles (FOR A STORY)

Aries: strength/speed
Struggles with: ADHD

Taurus: ability to blend into surroundings when sitting for a long time.
Struggles with: anxiety

Gemini: projection
Struggles with: bipolar

Cancer: empathy
Struggles with: nervous breakdowns

Leo: lion changing ability
Struggles with: insecure

Virgo: ability to tell when someone is lying and what the truth is
Struggles with: Aspergers

Libra: ability to balance others out
Struggles with: social anxiety

Scorpio: seducing powers
Struggles with : addict

Sagittarius: really awesome aim
Struggles with: running away

Capricorn: time changers
Struggles with: Depression

Aquarius: ability to control water
Struggles with: trouble following rules

Pisces: ability to project their dreams or thoughts
Struggles with: focus problems

Her mother always said to her, “you are a perfect little flower.” And as she blossomed, she rooted this compliment in her heart with dismay. So she breathed her every exhale, tip toed on her every second, in fear that one day her petals would surely wilt away. Yes, her mother always said she was a perfect little flower, and in fear of those words she uprooted her life; yes, she razed every aspect of herself to obtain a false permanence that the world deemed beautiful.