An Open Letter to Dragon Warrior
Campers, pack your laptop bags--it's nearly time for the next session of Camp Nano! I've already written a post dedicated to describing the process and how to succeed, but if you don't know, Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) is a huge online resource for launching your next writing project any format or genre welcome and meeting a goal of writing time or quantity. Any format and genre is welcome.
Well, spring sprang, and now it's time for summer to sum. In homage to all the tomfoolery your local hooligans will get up to now that school is out, here are seven questionable story starters to pass the season with.
Down these all in one go, or spread them over your writing day. Whether you prefer loose guidelines or word-by-word challenges is up to the writer, but do your best writing! Or your worst--whatever it takes to get words on the page.
There are spiders all over my house lately: the little jumpy ones, who alternate between "cute" and "awful," and the huge juicy ones with the musculature Hercules who are always Lawful Awful. In case they kill me in my sleep, here are seven uncanny microprompts to remember me by.
Talking writer problems to a non-writer is a bit like chatting up a flat-earther: you assume you're on the same page until you aren't. Every writer writes differently, of course. But on the off-chance you relate, here are the deep, gritty confessions (and precautions) of a habitual fiction-writer.
They crowded up to a rattling, graffiti-riddled bus with no other passengers and an unshaven driver, who to James smelled of despondence and whisky. The driver lolled out of his chinfolds to blink out the open door at the six of them. If he noticed the gun between James’ shoulders or the threatening arm around Lizzy’s, he didn’t comment.
To celebrate my return to civilization, here's a set of prompts for the mystical and the mountainous. Use them all at once, or choose the ones you like best to inspire setting, themes, or prose.
Writing is the longest, most elaborate improvisation you will ever have to pretend is not an improvisation. Writers, incidentally, get up to a lot of nonsense they don't really teach you in Lit class. For instance:
If you've had trouble succeeding at Nanowrimo in the past, or if this is your first attempt, then it may be time to tear some stitches in your writing process. As a five-time Wrimo and three-time winner, here are the best tips I can give you.