Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Writing Prompts for NaNoWriMo 2013

Writing a minimum of 1,667 days a day for 30 days in a row is a bit daunting, isn’t it? I know. I wonder how I am going to do it every year and I’ve done quite a few times.

One thing that helps is planning your story in advance – yes, even if you are a pantser. Having a vague map for your month-long journey into story land may be all you need not to get lost.

Another tool that every NaNovelist should have in the writers’ toolbox: writing prompts.
I know, it comes as a surprise that I would say that. What’s my reason - other than the fact that I post a writing prompt here every day? Easy:
When you get stuck (there’s no if, you will get stuck; everybody gets stuck), a random prompt may spark something within seconds you wouldn’t have thought of had you continued staring at the blinking cursor for hours.
Prompts that may not be suitable for your project - say the prompt is robot and since you’re writing historical fiction, your story is set in the 18th Century - might still help you. A little free-writing session of ten minutes with the prompt as a starter might be all you need to get you unblocked and back into the story.

In addition to posting a writing prompt a day on the blog, I will tweet writing prompts at least three times a day. Follow @dailywriprompt to get them.

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