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Why Is The Rum Gone?

Disasters: they keep the plot moving, keep the muse on his or her toes, and torture our characters for the entertainment of others. These are some of the ideas I have for my disaster writing prompts in November (to be posted on my G+ page), and they theoretically should apply to most genres. I’ll expand on each of these prompts when I post them so that you wrimos can get a better idea of how to fit them into your plot. It can be as simple as these themes overheard in a character’s conversation, or you can actually make them happen to the protagonist.

1. Vehicle Stolen
2. Explosion
3. Severe Storm
4. Riot / Swarm
5. Missing Person / Missing Thing
6. Big Accident
7. Cat’s Out Of The Bag
8. Homeless
9. Invasion
10. Imminent Danger
11. Phobia
12. No Food / No Water
13. Release / Escape
14. Kryptonite
15. Communications Down
16. Flood / Leak
17. Overdose / Poison
18. Severe Injury
19. Broken
20. Freezing
21. Overheat
22. Lost
23. Malfunction
24. Death
25. Nightmare / Night Terrors
26. Electricity
27. Theft
28. Suffocation
29. Near Miss
30. Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire

Suggestions and feedback welcome. If I can make a list of 60 disasters I’ll do two prompts a day, or maybe I’ll switch out one of my ideas for yours. Would these work for you during NaNo? What else could I do to help bolster word count?


6 responses

  1. SerpentRose

    Hurricane, Blizzard or other storm.
    Surprise pregnancy (Not technically a disaster, but…)
    Bridge out.
    Getting arrested.
    Broken item of Importance.

    Explosion should be on the Fifth of November. (If you don’t know why google Guy Fawkes)

    October 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

  2. I think you should add ‘festival related disasters’ too

    October 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  3. Tammy J Rizzo

    Great list! I’ll likely use some of these next month. 🙂

    October 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  4. This is EXACTLY what I was needing. Love this list.

    By the way some things maybe to add
    Sleep Deprived
    Unlawfully detained
    Pick Pocketed
    Lost Keys
    Dropped Wallet
    Missing Earring

    (Yeah, most of these aren’t technically disasters, but… )

    October 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  5. Now you just need a 30 sided dice. When you get to a plot point where everything seems to be going well…. role for your protagonist poke-in-the-eye. And then throw sticks at her!

    October 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  6. You guys, I completely forgot “Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.”

    I need to squeeze an asteroid strike or something into this list…

    November 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

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