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5 Fun And Useful Books Of Writing Prompts [NaNoWriMo Prep]

How do you prep for NaNo?

Most of the time, when I talk about outlining on this blog, pretty much everyone who comments tells me that they don’t outline at all.

So, how do you exactly prep for NaNo, if you prep at all?

I find that writing prompts are a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

5 useful books of writing prompts

3am Epiphany 

This book by Brian Kiteley is filled with various writing prompts and exercises. Prompts that have to do with point of view, characters, emotions, time, and much more. It’s really a great read and great practice.

4am Breakthrough 

Like the previous book, this one, also by Brian Kiteley has more great prompts and exercises. The themes around the prompts are a little different. These exercises have to do with various themes in writing such as love or death. It also goes deeper into friends and family as well as school and the like.

The Amazing Story Generator

This writing prompt book by Jay Sacher is unique as each page is broken into three pieces. It’s spiral bound on the inside and you can move the pages around as you wish. This means endless prompt possibilities for you.

The Write-Brain Workbook

Written by Bonnie Neubauer, this is a big book of prompts. It ranges from scene prompts, scenerio prompts, first lines, pictures, and more.

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts

This is a great one by Martha Alderson. These prompts cater to where you are in your book: the beginning, halfway point, climax, and end. These prompts are pretty in depth, but they’re helpful.

Have you used any of these books? What other books of writing prompts do you use? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

22 thoughts on “5 Fun And Useful Books Of Writing Prompts [NaNoWriMo Prep]

  1. I’m so intrigued by the idea of doing Nano, but afraid I could never live up to completing my own novels (I can hardly find time to finish a short story!). But this year I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a Nano flash novel of some sort. Thanks for the resources, maybe I’ll actually get motivated to go for it.

    1. I think you should participate anyway. Even if you don’t “win” you still have more words than you started with. Plus it’s a great community to make friends and learn. Good luck with whatever you decide. 🙂

  2. Interesting links! I love writing prompts for coming up with ideas for flash fiction pieces, or even for short stories. But I’ve never used them to come up with an idea for a novel. (I have too many ideas for those as it is!)

    To chime in about outlining: I definitely outline, as much as possible, before NaNo. For the story I’m (probably) going to write for NaNo (assuming I can take time off work), I have a rough outline of scenes (about 6 pages worth), and several more pages of thoughts on the characters, their backgrounds, and the setting, as well as trying to answer questions like, What do each of the characters want, and how do these goals conflict with each other? What is the “lie” that is keeping the MC from succeeding and what “truth” does he need to learn? What do each of the main characters most fear, and how does this affect their actions? I didn’t ask these questions ahead of time with my last NaNo novel, figuring it would come clear as I wrote . Well, I ended up writing myself into a corner, and having to tear up most of what I wrote and massively revise it. I’m hoping that more planning ahead of time will mean that what I write the first time around will be more useful (or at least, salvageable).

    1. Thanks. Writing prompts are definitely great especially when you want to write something short and sweet.

      I know what you mean about the outlining. Sometimes the characters take us where they want no matter what you had (or had not) planned. And sometimes they just don’t care.

  3. Reblogged this on M. Miles and commented:
    Today, I’m offering up my second re-blog of all time. Rachel Poli’s smart, succinct post introduced me to a whole new world: the world of writing prompts.

    Hope you enjoy!

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