Have you ever seen the movie Bladerunner? If you remember, it’s disjointed, odd (at best), and fairly difficult to follow unless you’re paying very close attention. I actually liked it fairly well, though it’s certainly not in my top 10, top 20, or probably even my top 30 list of movies. Harrison Ford, of course, makes the movie better than it otherwise would have been. The movie as a whole, from the visuals to the music to the dialogue to the background world is heavily discordant. The entire thing is kind of designed to put you one edge and rub you the wrong way just enough to get your attention. Today, I want you to tap into this same concept. So, this is what I want you to write about today: productive discord. You know the rules. Take your subject and run with it. Write me a story of 1000 words or less and stay on topic. As before, if it’s in any way applicable, you should use this to try to develop your world a little more :).
Your Challenge: Write me a story about productive discord. This could be a story that seeks to express in general how discord can eventually lead to greater unity, or about how some specific discord led to great leaps forward. You could focus on describing the immediate productivity of discord (perhaps in teaching patience), or the long-term productivity of discord (perhaps in airing out grievances and leading to stronger bonds). Works that do this well can, in my experience, be hard to find. Some of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series treats this well (especially dealing with the Bonehunters regiment). In some way though, your story needs to have a strong focus on the concept of discord.