Write a story incorporating all the words above.
If you use this prompt, leave a link to your story in the comments below. I’d love to read it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Bonnie Neubauer, this is a big book of prompts. It ranges from scene prompts, scenerio prompts, first lines, pictures, and more.
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.
NaNo is coming! It’s about 20 days away… already. It’s coming up fast and there’s no stopping it.
Some people outline their novels, some people don’t. There are some people who do quick writing exercises or prompts as practice to prep for the upcoming writing streak. Some people don’t.
No matter what you do or don’t do, that’s okay. I personally love to outline and I love to try new things with my characters to get to know them a little better.
So, here’s a fun exercise to do with your characters.
I got this idea from my 15-year-old cousin. She had English homework one night and had to do this for the protagonist of her summer reading book.
I have to admit, I was a bit jealous. I never had fun homework like that.
The idea is to think a bit outside the box and to get to know your characters on a deeper level. To the naked eye, it doesn’t make sense, but to a writer, it’s pretty clever.
So, ask yourself this:
Is your protagonist (or any character) more like…
My cousin’s teacher had the class do this on themselves first so they could get a feel for the assignment. My cousin said she was more like “pumpernickel bread” because it’s a funny word. That right there actually sums up her personality. She’s a funny person and can sometimes be a dope. The fact that she immediately thought “pumpernickel” was a funny word and laughed just sums it all up.
With this exercise, you can get to the heart of your characters. It seems silly and random, but you just might learn something new about them.
I was tagged by the lovely A.J. Alexander to do this Blogger Prompt Chain, which she created. The idea is to create a “chain” of stories written by writers and bloggers all over.
I think this is a wonderful idea and I was more than happen to be invited to participate.
1. Pick one of the five given writing prompts (picked from here)
2. Set up the Blogger Prompt Chain banner and publish your story under the banner.
3. After your story, continue the chain by forwarding an invitation to five bloggers or writers. (In case a writer doesn’t have a blog, guest posts can be offered)
4. Don’t forget to link the writers to your blog and back to the one who invited you.
5. Publish the five writing prompts and rules!
a) The End of The Bucket List
Write a story about a character who finds out that he or she is dying and has been knocking things off his/her bucket list and has finally reached the last item.
b) Get Out of the Car With Your Hands Up
You’re driving to your favorite city when you’re stopped by a police officer. Sure, you were going a few miles over the speed limit, so you’re not overly surprised. But you are surprised when the police officer gets to your car and screams, “Get out of your car with your hands up!” This leads to an unexpected night for you. Write this scene.
c) Hiring a New Villain
Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you’ve put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.
d) At The End of The Rainbow
You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold—and it changes your life. Write this scene.
e) The Letter All Writers Should Write
Write a letter to a person who supported your writing career, whether that be a friend, a family member, a teacher (even one that supported you at a very young age before you knew that it would blossom into a writing career), an author you’ve never met but have been inspired by his or her writing. Do you thank them? Do you blame them? Take the letter in any direction you want.
My Choice – The Letter All Writers Should Write:
To my sister, Kris,
A long, long time ago I was your “annoying” little sister. I wanted to hang out with you and your friends all the time, I wanted to do everything that you did. So, when you started to write, I wanted to write.
When you discovered the FanFiction website, I wanted to join it too. You were a nice older sister and allowed me writing space on your account.
From then on we both discovered a love of writing and being creative.
I’ve bounced ideas off of you, spent hours talking about a particular project, you listen to my writing woes and accomplishments, and I hope to co-write a novel with you some day.
It’s hard to believe we’ve both come so far with our writing. I never would have imagined I’d go from running various role-playing websites with you to writing novels and running a couple of blogs with you.
Of course, I have many people who support me with my writing (too many to name), but you’re the one who has started it all. You’re the one who has stuck with it, with me, through it all. You’re the one who fully understands what it truly means to be a “writer.”
Thanks for showing me this path and thank you for putting up with me following your lead.
I love you!
If you don’t want to participate, that’s okay, but it’d be great if you did. And, of course, if you decide to take part without being invited, that’d be great! Just be sure to leave a link to your story below because I’d love to read it.
Thanks again to A.J. for including me and creating this fun chain!