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The biggest writing event of the year is about to start. It is exciting. The month starts soon. Instead of penning something totally new, it makes sense to use today to plan for the upcoming challenge.
Instead of a traditional writing prompt, let’s focus on one related to next month’s novel.
1. Write a one sentence description of your story.
This can only be one sentence. Make it good. Sell it to your reader.
2. Write a paragraph describing the story.
This can be done in two ways. The paragraph can work as a very basic outline for the writer. It can include the most basic plot elements, ending with a bang. Alternately, it can work as a blurb to describe the book to readers. In this case, the paragraph should set the tone. It should leave the reader hanging.
3. Write a letter to your protagonist.
This can be a great opportunity for sadistic writers to apologize for the upcoming pain that the protagonist is going to experience. It can be a love letter, too. It can be a ransom note, used to spur a new storyline, or a request for advice. Use the letter to better understand the character’s motivations.
Good luck in the upcoming challenge!
Three Dimensional Characters
This week, focus on giving your characters full personalities with histories, desires, and quirks of their own. Not all of these details will appear in your stories, but all of these traits will help to influence your character’s decisions.
Choose a single question. Define your character. When you feel inspired by a specific question, use it to write a full scene.
- What does your character wear . . .
- on a Sunday afternoon in the Autumn?
- at their job?
- when they sleep?
- for a costume contest?
- What do/did your character’s parents look like?
- How does your character walk?
- Where does your character shop?
- What is your character’s ideal day?
- What would your character like to accomplish . . .
- this week?
- this year?
- before they die?
- Who does your character miss right now?
- Does your character know their neighbors?
- Does your character participate in any online communities?
- Would the bartender know your character’s name?
- How does your character interact with servers, taxi drivers, or salespeople?
- Who has an extra key to your character’s home?
- Who is your character’s closest friend?
- Who is the last person your character called? Why?
- Would your character ever attend an art class?
- Would your character ever apply to law school?
- Does your character play sports? How well?
- Does your character participate in any creative activities?
- What is your character’s primary hobby?
Emerson’s Definition of Success:
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As everyone gets ready for the next National Novel Writing Month, it’s a great time to ruminate on the definition of success. Whether you hit 50,000 words in a single month or not, it helps to remember Emerson’s words. We live to laugh and love. We thrive by helping others breathe easier. Our fame comes from the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, the endurance through troublesome times and the improvement of the world in which we live.
All of you are capable of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. You are capable of double that. But success comes from more than hitting a quota, from beating a word-count. Remember to enjoy the moment.
Live and play. Laugh and love. You’ll do well this month. You’ll succeed.