June 28, 2014 at 11:58 am (NaNoWriMo, Writing Prompts)
Camp NaNoWriMo Prompts
Here they are, prompts for the second half of Camp NaNoWriMo in July, or whenever you want to use them. I’ll be using one a day for July. Enjoy!
- “The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained.” – Write about losing someone where there is no goodbye, be it intentional or unintentional.
- “Expect anything from anyone. The devil was once an angel.” – Write a character who seems one way but turns out to be another way, or even really is how they seem but does something unexpected.
- “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin – Write a scene from a character’s point of view and work on investing it with their perspective rather than being objective.
- “The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – Write about a character making a choice between two options.
- “Doing something weird and thinking ‘this is why I don’t have a boyfriend.” – Write it.
- “I think a part of me will always be waiting for you.” – Write about when he/she comes back.
- “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.” – Write about a character who thinks their life is going to be one way then something happens to turn that on its head.
- “Although we never said it to each other, I think we both knew.” – What? What did they both know that they weren’t saying? Where the body was buried? That they loved each other? What?
- “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.” – Write a character that is totally different than you would usually write and put it into your story. See what happens!
- “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis. – How about believing in them, or even living them? Write a fantastical tale in which the main character is an older person who has lived a life doing exactly what they should.
- “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” William Shakespeare – Write a character is diminutive but fierce. How little and how old is up to you!
- “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” – Write about trying to tell the truth when someone, or everyone, doesn’t want to hear it.
- “Once I catch you in a lie, it makes me question everything you said.” – Write a story about betrayal.
- “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Write a fearless character, either foolishly or because she/he has nothing left to fear.
- “I love how coffee tricks me into thinking I’m in a good mood for about 27 minutes.” – Write about a day that starts out nicely then goes downhill.
- “Actually, I can.” – Can what? Write about a character who does something everyone tells him/her they cannot.
- “I got a war in my mind.” – Write about a character who has a war going on in their mind, either they are trying to decide something or more literally due to mental instability.
June 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm (NaNoWriMo, Writing Prompts)
Tags: Camp NaNoWriMo, Writing Inspiration, writing prompts
Camp NaNoWriMo Prompts
Here comes Camp NaNoWriMo! Are you participating? Are you going to try to win? Or, like me, are you just planning to write and see where you go? This July my plan, so far, is to write to a new prompt each day, shooting for a full story that is anywhere between 50 and 2,000 words. At the same time, I will be editing Biomalware, my work in progress, and plotting a novel that I want to write in August. Crazy, you say? Why, yes, thank you for noticing. Care to join me? Aw, heck, here’s half my prompts for July, help yourself. I think they work whether you are writing short stories or just want to work one or more of them into your story. I’ll post the other half next week.
- “Finally, a lie too big.” from Doctor Who – Write a story with a lie or series of lies and one that is simply too big to be believed.
- A shaved bear is a scary creature, looks nothing like a bear and much like a werewolf in a modern fantasy/horror film. Have you seen that picture going around? Put one in your story somehow.
- “In vain I have struggled, it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must let me tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Obsessive or passionate? You decide, then write it into your story.
- “Why don’t guys ever look at me like that?” “Because, you’re never looking when they do.” Also, “The best feeling is when you look at him and he is already staring.” Two memes, don’t know where the quotes really come from. Perhaps lots of the first then the latter?
- “Every villain is a hero in their own mind.” Write a story about a villain who truly believes he is doing the right thing.
- “May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.” Irish blessing. Work forgetting and/or remembering into your story.
- “Imagine meeting someone who understood even the dustiest corners of your mixed-up soul.” Is that good or scary? Put it in your story.
- “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology that you never got.” Sometimes people apologize without saying the words. Refusing to remember what they did so wrong, re-writing the past as in “I would never do that, or say that!” is agreeing with you that what they did was wrong and is an apology in a way. What other ways might people apologize without saying the words? Write it into your story.
- “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” Write about a person who you never noticed or thought were one way then you find out they are totally different than you imagined. (Yes, I have someone particular in mind.)
- “You and I are more than friends. We’re like a really small gang.” Thelma and Louise? Earl Had to Die? Write about two friends who decide to take the law into their own hands. Do they go too far?
- “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lena Horne. Two characters, same “load” – carrying it very differently. Go.
- “I am the designer of my own catastrophe.” What mistakes can your character make? Make ’em BIG and messy.
- “Always wear your invisible crown.” Someone attempts to humiliate your character but they hold their head high.
- “Forgiving someone is easy, but being able to trust them again is a totally different story.” Can your character do it? Is the person worthy of being trusted again?
- “I got hurt. Really hurt. And sometimes when that happens, something inside me shuts off.” I actually have had this experience, have you? Whether you have or haven’t, explore it in a story.
June 10, 2014 at 10:00 am (Short Stories)
Tags: Chuck Wendig, short stories
A silly little 50 word flash fiction for Chuck Wendig’s challenge, but at least it’s something new. Feeling the need to write today.
The Rise and Fall of the Phoenix
The Phoenix rose into the air, shaking off ashes.
Up and up it climbed until at last it could soar on zephyrs. It swallowed the urge to crow like a rooster.
The bird never knew what hit it. The 747 never realized either, as it went on its way.
June 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm (Poetry, Writing Inspiration)
Tags: Jim Butcher, novel writing, poetry
I feel like I have nothing to say today. My munchkin got me up at 4:30 this morning. I just want a nap. So, I give you a poem I wrote when she was a new baby that seems rather appropriate and a link to a favorite inspiring LiveJournal post from Jim Butcher on The Most Important Thing An Aspiring Writer Needs to Know. May the weekend find you time to write.
A Mother’s Weary Vigil
Just after midnight
small heels beat a Morse code
of defiance into the mattress.
I am not tired.
I will not sleep.
mere moments before
or perhaps after
chubby cheeks and hands
folded in repose on mama’s lap
angelically spoke of
Oh, but what transpires
between the rocker and the crib?
Eyes and mouth pop open,
screams or laughter,
I am not tired!
I will not sleep!
Mama returns to the rocker
her weary vigil to keep.