I think I’ve met this monster. Maybe you have as well. If you’re writing fiction, this monster is an absolute must for your character’s life experiences.

The terrible dragon, with one hundred heads, that guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides, slain by Hercules, was celebrated in classic mythology; so was the Lernean hydra, a monster of the marshes that ravaged the country of Lerna in Argolis, destroying both men and beasts. The number of its heads varies with the poets, though ancient gems usually represent it with seven or nine. Hercules was sent to kill it as one of his twelve labours. After driving the monster from its lair with arrows he attacked it with his sword, and in place of each head he struck off two sprang up. Setting fire to a neighbouring wood with the firebrands he seared the throat of the Hydra until he at length succeeded in slaying it. The fable is usually referred to in illustration of a difficulty which goes on increasing as it is combated. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art – With Special Reference To Their Use In British Heraldry

Writing Prompt: Create a situation for your protagonist that increases in difficulty as he or she works through it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a situation that seemed to get harder, stickier, or more painful as you worked through it.

Art Prompt: Hydra

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Inform your audience what they should do when they run into a situation where the degree of difficulty keeps going up.

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2 Responses to Prompt #155 Increasing Difficulty

  1. zencherry says:

    Thank you! It’s always a good book when the conflict isn’t easily resolved. Make the reader struggle and hope for that protagonist. Very good prompt.
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