Writing Challenge 8 – 4 Turn Offs

Ah, turn-offs. I’m not too happy with THIS particular prompt of the writing challenge, if only because I’m not sure what my turn-offs are. It’s not that I’m not turned off by anything at all; it’s more like I don’t really think about things I don’t like. Why should I? I don’t like them.

But of course, the point of this exercise is to get me writing and, to a certain extent, get me out of my comfort zone. I need to do this if I want to really stretch myself. So any moment now, I’m going to stop typing this largely pointless introduction and get to it.

Any moment now…

Any moment…


Dusty hand
This REALLY doesn’t look comfortable. Image from http://sxc.hu

Dust. If I really think about it, this is my mortal enemy. It triggers my allergies. When I’m exposed to lots of dust, I get these welts, go teary-eyed and swell up. I also get a really bad asthma attack which, I have to tell you, isn’t really a pretty sight because it turns my skin ashen and my eyes will go sunken. Cover me in dust and I’ll look like I’m one of the Walking Dead. When I get in that state, practically nothing will make me happy. Not even Tom Hiddleston.

Bad Writing

Twilight passages that make you think. In a bad way.
Only blogs like “Reasoning with Vampires” alleviate the pain. Image borrowed from http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/

I know, I know. There are people who would point out that “good” or “bad” writing is a matter of opinion. I know that I’m opening a huge can of worms when I bring up the “Twilight” series as an example of bad writing when so many people liked it. But I’m honestly taken out of the story every time a description or a plot twist makes me think “Wait, what? HOW?!” Maybe it’s from a lifetime of reading, but I like having logic in my reading material.


When you feel so much pressure, you're bound to hang yourself.
If I were prone to wearing ties, I’d have hung myself by now. Image from http://sxc.hu

I admit that pressure is, occasionally, a good thing. It gets things done. But I’m afraid I don’t react well when faced with pressure. In fact, it makes me either shut down or freak out at you. I can motivate myself, thank you very much. Make a suggestion, and I will take it into consideration. But if you try to force me to do something I don’t want to, I will vow to never do what you want me to do at all. On purpose. To spite you. Yes, I’m petty.

Entitled Dickwads

A smoking dickwad.
“I will get everything I want because the world owes me and mom said I’m special.” Photo from http://sxc.hu

I’m not saying that I don’t occasionally have my entitled moments; I’m not sure it’s possible for anyone to have gone through their entire lives without feeling like they deserve something. That said, there are people out there who act like the entire UNIVERSE owes them something even though they actually haven’t done anything to deserve whatever it is that they think they should have. It’s the world’s fault that they’re unhappy. To me, having this attitude is a HUGE turn off.

I’m sure there are other things that put me off, but these are the first things that came to mind when I really tried to think about it.

Wow. I just realized that if I went on a bit more, I’d probably cite turn offs that are basically descriptions of myself. D: Ah, well. More incentive to try and be a better person…

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