Hello writers. I’m going to be honest with you–I’m not sure applying for jobs at the same time as writing a novel was the best idea, but here I am. Still unsure if the post-interview adrenaline helps or hinders my plot.
Today, I thought I would give a writing prompt based on the emotional journey of our stories:
Write a letter from your main character at the start of the story to their future self. Then write a letter from you MC at the end of the story, aimed at their past self.
The experience of week two can be wildly different for everyone. Maybe you’ve hit a good stride and are overflowing with ideas. Or maybe you are struggling to coax a story from your initial idea and find yourself boxed in.
My suggestion for the latter experience is to let yourself breathe a bit more. If you’re writing a serious period drama but really want to go on a tangent about gnomes, then do it. It may not fit the story, and it may not help the plot, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let yourself write it.
Who knows, maybe it will give you the inspiration to write the crucial scene in your story. Or maybe it just needed some gnomes all along.
Remember, this is draft 0. Whatever happens can stay between you and the novel, because this isn’t about perfection. This is about ideas and words.
If you only have one–ideas or words–then just keep going with what you have and the other will come in time.
And if you don’t have either and don’t want to write anything, try a writing prompt.
Today’s writing prompt:
Cellar, drama, temperature, breeze, jaw
Use these 5 words to come up with a scene for your novel. Bonus points if you can use every word!
It’s the first weekend of the month, and I’m really glad for the rest. I’m currently applying to jobs at the same time as doing NaNoWriMo, so the pressure is definitely on and my brain is very dead.
The 10,000 mark is always exciting though!
Today’s writing prompt:
Use the weather to advance the plot.
Did heavy rain drive your characters to find a discovery? Did the sun burn a mark into your MC’s character growth? Did the snow bury a plot hole? Or maybe there’s just a tornado they all have to run from now.
Good news! I wrote something last night that I clicked with. I’m still not sure where my novel is going next, but at least I have a semi-interesting inciting incident.
If you’re still struggling to click with anything, then don’t worry. Just keep brainstorming and you’ll get there. And if you’re already at +10,000 words by now then go you! All experiences are valid this month.
Due to the missing writing prompt from yesterday, today you get two!
Writing prompt 1:
Write a scene using ONLY dialogue.
Dialogue is great because it can help move the story along, break up lines of description, and show the dynamics between characters. But dialogue can also be difficult to write, especially during nano when I often have to force myself to write something other than endless pages of world description.