NaNoWriMo: Cryptozoology, Pt. 1: Underwater

You’ll need a timer for this prompt. If you don’t have one, you can use this website: BLAM! You can also use writeordie.com. There is a giant Kraken in the sea that hasn’t been seen in a millennium and you decide to go look for it. In order to book a space on the next […]

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NaNoWriMo: Pop Culture Prompt

I’m a fan of pop culture and it often finds its way into my stories. Either roll an 8-sided die (find an online die here: Random.org Dice page) for a number or pick your favorite number between 1 and 10. This is how many references to pop culture or news events that you need to […]

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NaNoWriMo: ABC Prompt

I’m a fan of ABC stories (or ABC flash fictions). How it works: starting with A, each sentence begins with the next letter of the alphabet. You could also start on a different letter and run through the alphabet like a loop (start at K and end on J) or start at Z and go […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: It’s About To Go Down

Here are links to all the planning stuff: Finding time Finding money Food stuffs Find your jams A Hoard of Inspiration Find Your Writing Posse Put together a work space (or a work space bag) Here are links to all the character resource guides: Getting Ready To Write The Other Resources for Writing Different Mental […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Setting Exercises

Setting in writing is a lot like editing in a movie: if it’s good, it will be part of the story without drawing the reader’s attention and help with the flow of the story. Below are some links to help kick-start writing about the setting(s) of your story. Melissa Donovan’s Fiction Writing Exercises For Developing […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Plot Exercises

I understand that Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo) wrote a book called No Plot, No Problem. And since¬†you’re writing 50,000 words in a month, maybe you don’t need a plot to start with and instead you’ll back into one. But as Edna Mode says, “I find luck favors the prepared, darling.” Below are a few […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Character Exercises

In my grandiose plan, I was going to write a character exercise or two and post them. But why invent a wheel, when I can mine the interwebs for already working wheels? Below are links to help create characters quickly as you don’t have months to spend with them prior to writing them. Chuck Wendig’s […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Resources for Writing A Characters With A Different Skin Color

Below are a few links to help you get started in writing a character of a different ethnicity or race (meaning skin tone). Please note that the links below will not give you everything you need to write about a character with this particular kind of different background, they are just places online to start. […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Resources for Writing Different Spiritual Beliefs

Belief, faith, and religion are all a bit intermingled to me. Belief is feeling something is true. Faith is acting on that feeling. Religion codifies beliefs and faiths into rituals and stories to bind a community together. Below are links to help write characters of different spiritual or religious beliefs. Like every other resource guide, […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Resources for Writing Different Mental Abilities

The links write about disability in general for the most part. Despite my decent skills with Google, finding the correct set of key words to get blog posts (and not forum threads) about writing developmentally disabled characters eluded me. So I’ve added a few links to virtual and physical communities built for people with mental […]

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