I never know what to do for writing prompt intros. Do I talk about the world? About me? About writing? I guess it’s a reminder that the blank page can always be intimidating. If you’re a writer and you’ve never sat in front of blank page feeling your palms get sweaty and you mind go blank, then I refuse to believe you are human. What is your superpower? Please share your secrets.
The blank page problem is one reason why I like writing prompts so much. The prompt and the time limit don’t give me a chance to procrastinate and feel intimidated. You press go on the timer and out comes a beautiful cascade of word vomit. And any words are better than no words, right?
Name of the game: Snap Shot
The rules: Stare at the picture. What does it make you think of? What story is it telling? Okay–thought of something? Good. Now set a timer to 10 minutes and start writing that story. Ready, set, go!
I don’t think I was the only one who got the Christmas tree out on December 1st. This year has been A LOT, so I’ve decided I want to focus on festive writing prompts for December. Regardless of what you like to celebrate, I think we all deserve some happiness this month.
Name of the game: Spelling Bee
The Rules: Write down the list of words at the top of your page (notebook, laptop, typewriter–whatever you prefer). You have ten minutes–set a timer–to write whatever comes to mind, using all the words in the list, in whatever order you like, crossing them off as you go. But they ALL have to be in there. Minor alterations are okay, like jump to jumped, but stay reasonable. Are you ready? Go!
If you enjoyed this writing prompt and feel like sharing what you wrote, post it in the comments! I love seeing everyone’s different ideas. Also, of all the different types of writing games I post, which is your favourite?
Well folks, we made it through November. Whether you are at 7,000 or 70,000 words, be proud of yourself. Heck, even if you didn’t do NaNo, be proud of yourself. 2020 has challenged all of us in new ways, so if you’ve even managed some semblance of ordinary, then well done!
The last* prompt:
Maybe two against five is taking a bet, but when the heel of my boot cracks the first man’s skull, T4Z has already ripped through another’s throat, blood almost not fast enough to stain her knife.
Bit of a violent excerpt from my novel for the last prompt. It if speaks to you, try and write something inspired by it. But mostly, day 30 is about you. Write what you want. It’s the last day, make the most of it–treat yourself by writing whatever it is you want. Add a dragon as a joke, drop everything else and write some poetry. You’ve earned it.
*Okay, not the last prompt. Just the last of my 2020 NaNo prompts. If you’ve followed my blog this month for the prompts, then don’t worry! I normally post a prompt every other Thursday. They’re more geared towards shorter, flash pieces, and I almost always include my own writing for them as well. This way, you can treat the prompt as a game and see all the different ideas that come out of it!
Also, if you’re a new follower, then welcome! It means a lot to me that you’ve chosen to spend time reading my stuff.
Let me know if you want me to do NaNo prompts again next year!
We are SO CLOSE. Maybe some of you are already done. Right now I am 2,850 words away. This is the first NaNo in three years where I’m actually happy with where my story is. It feels amazing when what your’e writing works, and I sincerely hope that you are all feeling the same!
Out of the ashes, arose a hero.
What does your main character see when they think of a hero? Do they want to be one? Have they already become one? Or are they an anti-hero?
The end of a story usually ends with a choice, and someone rising out of the ashes. It’s up to you who does the rising.
What is your character afraid of? How will you make them face their greatest fears?
As we near the end of NaNoWriMo, I’m about to attempt my novel’s climax. It feels right to leave it to write last, once I know the best way to push my main character. To force them down to their darkest point, but still expect them to get up and fight back.
So, if you take everything from your character, who is left? Who gets back up?
Today, we reach 30,000 words. Every year, thirty thousand is the point where I stop and go “wow”. Regardless of the quality of the words, or how likely I am to ever want to turn them into a finished work, there’s certainly an awful lot of them.
Week three can be many things. It can be a sudden struggle as you run out of things to write about, or things can ‘click’ and you suddenly realise you know how to weave your plot together. It’s day 18, and I feel like I know my main character. She probably has a few surprises still tucked away, but it’s at a point where I can start to make more educated plot decisions knowing how she will react to them. I’ve made it over the bump of feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing or where things are going. I may not have a better idea, but I’m in it for the journey now, because I know my character will not disappoint.
Think about the relationship between you and your writing. Who is pulling who along? Is your character following your orders or taking you on unexpected journeys? Remember there are no right or wrong answers–you’re creating something and that’s magical.
A physical journey across the map? A character’s spiritual journey, or redemption arc? The quick-paced traveling of the plot? Or is it simply a person, showing up on your MC’s doorstep with a suitcase and a globe?
We’re halfway through! Today we reach a colossal 25,000 words–be proud of yourself.
Fun fact, my first year of NaNo I only started writing on day 15. I was a tiny 9 year old, so I only managed 3,000 words. However, my mom completely smashed the 50k in only two weeks–pretty sure she has superpowers.
It was just a game. Breathe in, bite your tongue and keep walking as far as you can...
Use this excerpt from my own NaNo draft to inspire a scene in your own!