Writing Prompt: Random Acts of Violence

“I sent my soul through the invisible, some letter of that afterlife to spell; and by and by my soul returned to me and answered, “I myself am Heav’n and Hell””

~ Omar Khayyam 

There have been times, particularly when I’ve been hurt or angry that I have entertained truly violent thoughts. My reason kicks in and although my mind is capable of imagining these things I know I could never carry them out. My upbringing and social values do not allow me to take the critical step towards the uncivilised. They pass, I dismiss them and I’m a normal, rational human being again.

What would happen if someone where to remove that filter between the imagined and reality? What if the veil slipped and a “normal” person did the unthinkable? Create a mundane, average personality and life for one of your characters and have them perform a seemingly random act of violence. Then, go back. What was the trigger and what are the consequences?

Writing Prompt: Random Acts of Violence

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  1. There are people who don’t have reason kicking in, once they’ve had too many drinks. There are too many of them in Glasgow on a Saturday night, that’s for sure :-/

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