Thursday, November 16, 2017

The bus ride — #NaNoWriMo writing prompt



Your character's purse is stolen in the airport where she's changing planes, and all she's left with are a few bills and some change in her jeans' pocket. Her new job, the one she's worked toward for the last year, is 500 miles away. Her start date in two days looms in front of her, and she doesn't know anybody in the area she can call for help.

Grabbing her carry-on bag, she hurries out to the curb, where a Greyhound is unloading flight passengers. She begs the driver to drop her off at a point where she can catch a bus to her destination. After telling her he can't do that, he relents and takes her to the terminal. Dusk darkens into night as she settles into the only empty seat on a bus heading toward her new job and new life. It's going to be a long ride.

Posted by Linda Lane 
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Letter Never Sent - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt


We've all had the experience of wishing we had said something to someone but did not for any of a number of reasons.

Dig deeper into the relationship between two of your characters, or between your character and someone who is not directly in your novel but who influenced them at some point. Set your timer for fifteen minutes and write a letter that says what your character wishes he or she had said, but never did.

Posted by Khadijah Lacina

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Faulty Memory - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

Photo by Tim Green, via Flickr
Dredge up your character's worst childhood memory, and then let them:

a. realise they've missed/suppressed something all this time, or 
b. discover important information that throws a new light on the event, or
c. admit they had altered the way they remembered the event to make it seem better/worse than it really was.


Posted by Elle Carter Neal
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Attraction - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

Photo credit: Gillian Anderson

What does your protagonist find attractive in the preferred sex? Name and describe three attributes in detail. Write for only five minutes!

Posted by Dani Greer
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Alone — #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt


Three little girls stare out the window of the tiny cabin. Mommy left a long time ago to take their sick baby brother down the mountain to the doctor, and now it's snowing so hard they can't even see the road. The fire in the wood-burning stove is reduced to embers. The youngest begins to cry; they haven't eaten since Mommy left. Where is she?


Posted by Linda Lane 
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Building Bridges - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt


You're stuck. You have a scene burning in your brain, but it comes later in the story? Write it. That scene is a bridge you’ll eventually cross. The story will grow into it.

Posted by Polly Iyer
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Down the River - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt



Just like a river, each thread of our lives has a starting point. Choose one crucial decision your character has to make and trace it back to its beginning. Sometimes finding the beginning of something helps us to reach its end.

Alternately, think bridges. How can your character make the transition from the point he or she is at now, to where you need him to be next?

Posted by Khadijah Lacina

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Unpacking Your Character Question 2 - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

In honor of NaNoWriMo, we are offering writing prompts for the month of November.



What is your character's secret fear?

What part of their psyche do they hide from the world because they fear judgment, rejection, exposure? 

How does it affect the journey you send them on?'



Posted by Diana Hurwitz
Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict
Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict
Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers
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Monday, November 6, 2017

A Picture is Worth Two Words - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt:


Photograph by Conal Gallagher, via Flickr

Write a story prompted by the photograph above, and these two words:

evacuate
quadruple



(If it's impossible to incorporate a bicycle into your NaNoWriMo project (for genre/historical/other reasons), find a random picture that will fit (or think up an alternative, appropriate mode of transport) and try and wrangle that and the two words into your story.)

Posted by Elle Carter Neal
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Action! - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

Photo credit: Man Flow Yoga

What did your hero/heroine do yesterday? How does it impact what they are doing today? Set your timer for ten minutes and write what springs to mind. Go!

Posted by Dani Greer
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Unpacking Your Character Question 1 - #NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt

In honor of NaNoWriMo, we are offering writing prompts for the month of November.


What is the worst, most terrifying or awful event in your character's life?

How does it inform how they think and respond in the journey you send them on?



Posted by Diana Hurwitz
Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict
Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict
Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers
Build A World Workbook : print | e-book

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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