Writing Prompt #65

Writing Prompt #65

Love Stories

No matter what she did, the children saw love stories in every picture.

After Monday’s prompt, it seemed fitting that I give one that felt a little more upbeat.  I drew inspiration for this prompt from a Girl Scout troop I lead for a time.  We happened to be working on a painting badge and I was showing them my Pinterest boards for inspiration.  However, it didn’t matter what kind of image I showed them because the only thing that they saw was romances.  I’m smiling thinking back on the lovestruck looks on eight and nine-year-old faces.

I challenge you to write some sort of piece in which children view the world through a softer and more rose-tinted glass than their adult counterparts.  They might be a little naive but sometimes we need a child’s view on things.

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Writing Prompt #64

Writing Prompt #64

Shattering

It was then that she knew her heart was shattering into pieces.

A bit of a sad prompt for your Monday morning.  However, I challenge you to write some sort of piece in which your main character finds their heart breaking into a million different pieces. What happens and how do they cope with it?

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Writing Prompt #63

“Oath”

Close your eyes.  Take a breath.  You stand in the middle of a stained glass room with an altar at the center.  This is the holiest place in the castle.  In the city.  Who are you in this fantasy and who is the person in front of you and what is the oath they have made to you?  Are you two lovers hoping that one comes back from a foolish war?  Are you a betrayed civilian who has asked a sympathetic mercenary to track down the one who wronged you?  Set the scene.  Is the sun pouring through the stained glass or is it raining to give the entire setting a foreboding feeling?  Open your eyes.  Now, tell this story.

Writing Prompt #63

He swore an oath to her in the holiest place in the citadel before he left.  He was bound by the gods to honor it… upon pain of death.

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NaNoWriMo: Insanity or Not

It’s October.  Do you know what that means?  If you’re me, then it’s two things actually.  Number one: Halloween.  Arguably the best holiday in the calendar year.  Number two: NaNoWriMo.  If you’ve circled around the writing/novelling scene for awhile, you’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo (here forth known lovingly as Nano).  It’s a marathon sprint to 50,000 words in just 30 days.

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

A daunting task for anyone who is bold enough to undertake it.  The rewards range from personal satisfaction to relatively nice gifts from Nano’s sponsors.  It’s not without its drawbacks though.  The ‘quantity over quality’ philosophy that Nano fosters often presents more than a few bumps in the road and it’s easy to underestimate the amount of time and effort involved to complete the challenge.

Is the neck-breaking, sanity-testing challenge worth it?  Let’s break it down!

NaNoWriMo Go:

The community

Easily one of the biggest things going for Nano is the community that has built up over time.  The forums see a never-ending stream of activity during the month of November.  It is very hard to feel alone or unsupported if you are active in the threads.  People go out of their way to offer encouragement, motivate, and give feedback to other writers.  On the whole, it’s a very positive place to meet and talk to new people.  I definitely feel connected to others during Nano.  It’s rather cool to be a part of such a large community especially considering the fact that I don’t have huge writing community in general.

The sponsor offers

NaNoWriMo
Many of these offers aren’t just for winners, but participants in general.

Sponsor offers for Nano have varied over the years depending on the sponsors.  Several years ago Createspace and Lulu gave authors a free proof copy of their novel for completing the goal.  That seems to have disappeared in the last few years but that’s okay.  Scrivener is still a primary sponsor and gifts winning writers with a 50% off coupon for their software.  A great way to pick it up if you don’t want to spend the full $45 for it.  Ulysses, Storyist, and Evernote are also offering discounts.  Scribophile, a website that specializes in critique partners and feedback, is offering a discount to both winners and participants alike.  AutoCrit, a DIY online editing service, is giving all participants a discount on a membership.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of sponsor and their offers.  However, there seems to be something for everyone.

The feeling of accomplishment

Maybe the sponsor rewards aren’t to your liking.  However, there’s a deeper reward in completing Nano and that’s knowing that you’ve written 50,000 words in a month.  I love that warm, fuzzy feeling I get after I type that final word.  It’s equal parts exhilarating and a relief.  The challenge itself is a huge undertaking with an even bigger payoff.   Whether you just started writing or have been writing for over ten years, that’s not a number to turn your nose up at.  Writing 50,000 words is by no means a full novel in most respects but it’s a pretty solid rock to continue building from.

NaNoWriMo No-Go:

Unavoidable trash

trash
Sorry, it’s going to be mostly junk. Possibly savable junk but junk nonetheless.

A large part of what you write is going to be complete and utter junk.  Like more than 80% of it.  No one ever writes a perfect novel in the first draft and they write even less perfectly when the focus of Nano is ‘quantity over quality.’  In the past when I’ve written for Nano, I’ve left some pretty horrid writing stand simply because I needed to make my word count for the day.  In fact, if I recall correctly I once slipped one of my college papers into my writing just to ensure that I didn’t fall behind.  At the end of the month, you will have a lot of revisions and edits to do before you have some semblance of readability.  A lot of seasoned writers hate the ‘quantity over quality’ mantra and urge new writers to take it slow and write a more cohesive first draft.

The burnout

50,000 words is a marathon.  A test of endurance.  You will get tired.  It’s the nature of the beast.  Usually, by the time I hit the beginning of week three, ideas are a little harder to come by and motivation has dried up.  Writing at a breakneck speed for an extended period of time drains a writer regardless of experience or story.  In the past, I’ve not been able to even look at my novel.  I’m just that burnt out from it.  Not exactly a good feeling to have as a writer.

The commitment

Nano happens in November which is the start of a notoriously busy time of the year in many places in the world.  Several holidays are happening (such as Thanksgiving or my mom’s birthday) or getting ready to happen (like Christmas and Hanukkah).  Many students, both of the college and high school variety, are prepping for exams or finishing projects.  A lot of people are getting ready to travel for some reason or another.  Trying to find time to write during this chaotic time is difficult.  Sometimes too difficult.  You might need to push writing to the back burner in order to accomplish real world priorities.

Sum it all up

Honestly, this isn’t even the beginning of a comprehensive list of pros and cons.  Do a quick Google search for other authors’ opinions and read through some of their blogs about Nano.  On the whole, most writers seem to be pretty on board with it.  I know I am.  It definitely seems more than a bit crazy but worth it.  Again, 50,000 words does not a novel make but it’s a great place to start!

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Writing Prompt #62

“Scare Me”

Your character has an unshakeable demeanor.  When faced with a situation that would have most others shaking, they stare point blank into the abyss.  Nothing scares them.  Perhaps it is bravado.  It very well could be.  Your character might have a history that has desensitized them to their current situation. Describe that history or tell us why they aren’t afraid.  What is it that they should be afraid of?  How do your other characters react?  Is this an expected declaration or does it take them off guard?  Who or what is talking to them?  Write this story.

Writing Prompt #62

“You say that like it will scare me.”

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Writing Prompt #61

“Winter”

Winter is beautiful.  It paints a picture of pure white snow, glistening evergreen trees, and an undisturbed quiet.  However, imagine for a moment if winter came weeks or even months early.  What does this mean?  Is this perhaps the start of science fiction thriller in which scientist race against the clock to fix whatever has thrown the seasons out of order.  Or could this be the beginning of a fantasy adventure in which a farm girl must face off against an evil sorcerer.  Take a moment and let your creativity run wild.

Writing Prompt #61

Winter was early.  Too early.

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Writing Prompt #60

“Guard”

Your character is a brave adventurer.  They have traveled long and far in search of some grand treasure that lies in wait in a long abandoned temple.  Or at least that’s what they assume.  When your character to the nearest town, they hear stories of a guard that has been tasked with protecting the temple and it’s treasure.  It’s said that they wield a legendary blade made of flame and smoke.  However, despite the warning, your character remains steadfast in their decision to pursue the treasure.  How do they go about planning for their confrontation?  Will everything go as they planned or will something unexpected suddenly change the game?  More importantly, why does your character think this treasure is worth the risk of the guard?

Writing Prompt #60

“The temple guard will cut you down with a sword of fire before you can even come within sight of the treasure.”

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Writing Prompt #59

“Snowy Journey”

It is cold.  So cold that you can see your breath every time you exhale.  Each inhale is a stab at your lungs.  The snowy journey you’re about to set out on is one of great importance.  Your horse paws at the ground impatiently, kicking up some of snow that’s accumulated on the ground already.  You have your reservations about the trip before you but it is absolutely imperative that you reach your destination.  What is it that pulls you away from home on such a cold, snowy day and why is it so important?  What challenges do you now face with the impending weather?  Is it the dead of winter or just the start of it? Why must it be you that completes it?

Writing Prompt #59

Fluffy, white snow collected on the horse’s neck.  The journey wasn’t only going to be a long one but a cold one as well.

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Writing Prompt #58

“Savage”

A monster stands in front of your character.  Their reputation befits them. Others call them a savage.  A beast that has committed unspeakable evils in the past.  However, your character has just discovered they must work with this monster. What is the reason your character must team up with this monster?  How does your character react to this line uttered by the monster?  How does this monster say it?  Perhaps they leer down at your character and give a twisted smile.  Maybe they are more somber in their response.  Is it possible that the monster is truly as savage as their nickname insinuates?  Tell this story!

Writing Prompt #58

“They call me a savage.  You can tell me when this is all over if it is an appropriate nickname.”

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Boring (Adventures in Writing…)

This scene is boring.  How can I spice it up?  Add small children that will be caught up in a monster fight to come.

Yep… that will work…

I think I have a problem.

To clarify: no children will be killed, maimed, or harmed in the making of this scene.

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