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Writing Prompts, November 2016 Edition

Writing Prompts is part of a monthly installment where I post ten writing prompts to help kickstart your writing. 


NaNoWriMo not going well? Here are some writing prompts that will help you get going again:

November’s Ten Writing Prompts:

  1. Your character finds themselves in a completely new setting– a new state, country, continent, or even planet. How did it happen? How is this new place different from before?
  2. Look around. Describe where you are as though you’ve never seen this place before. How does it look/smell/feel/sound? Are there people around you? What are they doing and why?
  3. Many characters are unsure of themselves, but not many are confident. In what ways are your characters sure of themselves? What is their favorite thing about themselves and why?
  4. Your character goes back to a beloved childhood place only to find it’s been demolished. How do they react?
  5. Is your character good in a crisis? Do they keep their head, or do they immediately panic? Write about an instance in which this characteristic comes into play.
  6. Write about someone learning a new skill.
  7. If your character’s younger self were to see them now, what would they think? How does your character feel about how they’ve grown up?
  8. Carpe noctum is the nighttime equivalent of carpe diem— it means “seize the night.” In what ways does your character “seize the night?” Why can’t they perform these actions during the day?
  9. Describe a dream that your character has. How does it help to explain the character’s situation? Does it predict the future?
  10. Your character finds a wad of cash on the side of the road. What happens next?

Bonus Prompt: Write a story/poem/chapter beginning with the word “sky.”


Enjoy! Join me the first Thursday of every month for more writing prompts like these.

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