Would You Rather (For Writers)

I’ve played a few Would You Rather games here on the blog. It’s a fun game and I decided to come up with one on my own.

Unlike most of these kinds of posts, I won’t be tagging anyone to participate. However, feel free to answer these questions on your own blog if you would like. If you do, be sure to link back to me–I would love to see your answers!


Would you rather go on a writing retreat in the middle of nowhere with no wi-fi, or in your home office being interrupted every so often by friends and family?

I’d rather be home getting interrupted. People bother me, but I think I couldn’t handle not being able to blog or check my e-mail. Plus, I would miss my family and friends. I do occasionally socialize. (Aren’t you proud, Mom?)

Would you rather publish one best-selling novel and never write again, or publish multiple novels that either don’t sell well or sell average?

Multiple novels, definitely. I’d rather be writing for the rest of my life, even if I needed a day-job to continue it.

Would you rather be a best-seller with your real name and people stopping you everywhere you go, or a pen name no one knows who you are?

I’d rather use my real name. Not that I want to be bothered by everyone all the time, but I would like to be recognized for my work. As long as it’s in a good way.

Would you rather teach English/creative writing high school classes, or college classes?

College. I feel like there would be more creative freedom with that.

Would you rather only be able to write during NaNoWriMo months (April, July, and November), or only be able to write five days per month?

Only during NaNo months. Those would be busy months, but it’s a total of 91 days, whereas five days a month would only give me 60 days to write.

What are your answers to these questions? Do you agree with me or disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

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Take A Chance

Stuck on your NaNoWriMo novel? Or just your writing in general?

Play a quick game to get your mind thinking creatively again.

I thought of this game the other day all by myself, but I’m sure something similar exists out there somewhere.

All you need is one six-sided die. Roll it. See what number comes up.

Dice1. Add a new character — A new face can change everything.
2. Switch the scene — Go inside if your characters are outside, go outside if your characters are inside.
3. Change the weather — Weather affects moods, is it raining? Snowing? Sunny? Tornado?
4. Dictionary — Open up a dictionary to a random page, learn a new word or say hi to an old one, fit it into your novel.
5. Goodbye — Say goodbye to one of your characters whether they die or leave for a trip or something else of the kind.
6. Question — Ask, “Where do we go from here?” See what answers your characters come up with.

I suppose you could get two dice and go up to 12. I hadn’t thought that far ahead yet.

Maybe I’ll do a part two of this if anyone is interested. Better yet, let me know if you come up with anything yourself.

Let me know if any of you actually try this out. I’m sure it will twist and turn your novel.