National Novel Writing Month is coming! Will YOU be ready?
Hey everyone, it's me - Zippy!
I love, Love, LOVE this time of year! All my favorite things seem to happen in the span of three months - Back to School*, Caramel Apples, peacoat-appropriate weather, Hot Cider, leaves dancing mid-air, Pumpkin Pie Doughnut Muffins, and, of course, National Novel Writing Month. (Oh, yeah, and Thanksgiving and Halloween are in there, too!).
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, pronounced "Naa no WRY moe") is my absolute favorite event of the year. Well, okay, maybe second. I do love my birthday... Anyway, it starts November 1st, every year, and the challenge is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. That's 1,667 words each and every day, my friends. In one and only one story - although plenty of people do make their own goals and rule alterations, but those don't qualify for the official contest. They are welcomed to join the community for fun and games and writerly support, though, which is actually the best part of the whole crazy thing. And I'm not joking about the fun and games. Really and truly - I have a blast just lurking some years, reading about what others are writing or browsing their ideas for creative plot twists and unusual character quirks, and the ever necessary - "Help! I don't know what to write next and still have 1,000 words to write today!" desperation plot re-starters (where you toss in a live grenade (of sorts) into your story and see what happens.
So, that brings me to my main reason for posting today - Writing Prompts! I've been hopping around the internet with my pet plot bunnies, and found so many exciting ideas that I thought I'd share a bunch here. Feel free to use any or all of them, that's what they are for! And even if you don't intend to do NaNoWriMo, don't think you can't write something just for fun, even if you only want to keep it to yourself. Writers come in many forms, some just to entertain or challenge themselves and others want to amuse the whole world. It's up to you! Have fun!
*Yes, I do actually like school. But more importantly - I love new school supplies! Pencils, pens, notebooks, pencil cases, lunch boxes, staplers, dictionaries, hole punches, paper clips, etc. Little Known Fact: The worst thing about home-school, I've discovered, is that it smells like home. School buildings have an enchantingly invigorating aroma of crayon-y creativity and freshly sharpened wood pencils for writing and new sneakers. Or at least it has the times I've visited a school.
Story Ideas Collected from Around the Net (with some edits/ alterations by me!)
- An historical character who travels to the present day and causes chaos when they steal back something that originally belonged to them.
- A struggling musician who’s trying to resurrect a dead musician so they can collaborate on a new masterpiece.
- A florist who sends flowers to a wrong address and initiates a chain of events that leads to two people meeting and falling in love. Or maybe leads to an old grudge being healed, instead. Or maybe it leads to disaster instead? Or a disaster that ends up being a miracle?
- A knitter who unravels a ball of yarn only to find it stained with blood, and helps the police investigate a possible murder.
- A time-travelling antique dealer who steals from the past to profit in the future..
- Write a story where this quote *literally* happens: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” -E. L. Doctorow
- Or this one: “The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” – Isabel Allende
- This one could be paired with the first quote, for double inspiration. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Can you imagine a world where one person was affected by stories so much that they actually did a sort of Jekyll & Hyde, and unknowingly turned into one of the characters in whatever they were reading? If they were an eclectic and voracious reader, just think of the potential for conflicts and chaos! Hmm, I think I may have found my NaNoWriMo idea. How about you? Don't worry if it's similar to mine. Ideas may start alike but they rarely ever end up the same once they've been fed and nurtured and allowed to grow. 🙂 Much like identical quints, come to think of it...