Friday, November 24, 2017

Musical Chairs - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

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While you were sleeping, your characters switched places in every scene you wrote yesterday. What did they learn (about themselves, each other, and their plans/ schemes)? What will they do with the secret knowledge they gained? What will it change? Can you use an accidental discovery in your story, or do you need to apply mass amnesia?

Posted by Elle Carter Neal
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gimme Shelter - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

Ooh, a storm is threatening/My very life today/If I don't get some shelter/Ooh yeah I'm gonna fade away

Clearly the Rolling Stones have not faded away, but their lyrics strike a chord within all of us. Whether the storm is within us or occurs due to a force of nature, we all face upheaval and difficulty, as do our characters.

What storm your character has to face is most crucial to their development and the development of your story? How are you going to help them find the shelter they need to weather it?

Posted by Khadijah Lacina

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Unpacking Your Character Question 3 - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

What does your character need more than anything else? 

It can be emotional, physical, financial, relationship related, etc. 

How does that need interfere with their story goal and the journey you send them on?

Posted by Diana Hurwitz
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Reading - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

What is your protagonist's favorite book? Why is it important to them? Set your timer for five minutes and quickly write what comes to mind.

Posted by Dani Greer
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The bus ride — #NaNoWriMo writing prompt

Your character's purse is stolen in the airport where she's changing planes, and all she's left with are a few bills and some change in her jeans' pocket. Her new job, the one she's worked toward for the last year, is 500 miles away. Her start date in two days looms in front of her, and she doesn't know anybody in the area she can call for help.

Grabbing her carry-on bag, she hurries out to the curb, where a Greyhound is unloading flight passengers. She begs the driver to drop her off at a point where she can catch a bus to her destination. After telling her he can't do that, he relents and takes her to the terminal. Dusk darkens into night as she settles into the only empty seat on a bus heading toward her new job and new life. It's going to be a long ride.

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