It took until 11pm yesterday to convince myself to work on my novel, but luckily I still made an okay chunk of progress. However, I can happily say I’m enjoying my story a lot more than I was at the beginning! I just had to push through the bad vibes and switch off my inner editor–not easy by any means, but not impossible.
Today’s writing prompt:
Something for all you fantasy writers out there. And even if your novel doesn’t involve crumbling stone bridges, take a moment to consider the architecture of your world. What makes it unique? What makes it feel real? How old or new is everything–how has time interacted with the structures of your world?
Congratulations to all of you who have made it this far, whether you’re soaring ahead or still struggling in the thousands. No matter what your word count, you are doing amazing and I’m very proud!
Today’s writing prompt:
Write a midpoint in a character’s arc
That ‘aha’ moment when the character finally sees themselves clearly–are they regretful? Are they determined? Have they realised what they have to change? If you’ve already written your main character’s midpoint, think about your other characters–do any of them have a midpoint moment? Is it at the same time as your MC or at a different point in your story?
Enjoy! And don’t forget to celebrate all your hard work so far.
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!
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!
2019 is right around the corner and the time for the obligatory New Year’s resolution has come. Did you make your’s last year, will you do so this year? Who knows–I hope you succeed–but regardless, life will go on.
This is not true in stories, where resolutions perpetuate everything. Resolutions are the fuel, the driving force–they are the plot. Without them, readers will lose interest. Continue reading →
As I’m writing this, it’s half a week before it’s posted, I’m behind, and I feel like I’ve only just scraped past the halfway point. Still technically in week 3, the end seems too close, but at the same time, I’m also looking forward to taking a break from words. I have too many essays with mid-December deadlines that I have not started and I just want it to be Christmas.
I have a semi-formed blob of a novel and I’m proud of it. It’s not really going anywhere and I have yet to have any form of extreme conflict, but I have some really fun characters. You should be proud of what you’ve created too. We’ve done this–we made something amazing, and we can’t quit now that we’re so close to the end. I’ve compiled together some writing dares, some tips, and some sugar-filled baking recipes to help us through these last five days. We can do this!! Continue reading →