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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?


I Double Dog Dare You

Yikes!  I didn’t realize it’s been that long since I did a post here.  Sorry guys!

It occurred to me today that I never let you know about the writing challenges I started over on G+.  Perhaps this could also carry over into blog land?  I will certainly post my own challenge responses here.  Feel free to participate in the shenanigans!

Here are the basics:

  • I take the number of Mondays in a month and come up with that many challenge topics. This month has 4. They are single word or short phrase writing prompts.
  • I provide one bonus challenge for those that want something extra to incorporate into their writings.
  • Everyone has the whole month to write something involving these topics. It could be a scene centered around the topic, or a simple bit of dialogue that includes the prompt word(s).
  • You don’t have to do them all. They can be separate writings, or you can do all of them in one go. Whatever tickles your muse.

So what are this month’s topics, you ask?

1. Summer Vacation
2. Small Talk
3. Secret Weapons
4. Shedding

BONUS CHALLENGE:  Many people make sacrifices for “the Greater Good.” Some of these people have twisted ideas of what constitutes The Greater Good, or will bend the rules to achieve it. In fact, one of your characters will justify nearly anything in his or her pursuit of The Greater Good…and it won’t end nicely.

We already have a handful of participants.  Head on over to the weekly update post on G+ to check them out.  You might discover a new writer you like!

(I know… I still need to do part 4 of the Werewolf Tropes posts.  I have this feeling like the last part is going to be a multi part post.  I don’t know how to squeeze werewolf politics into one blog post without it becoming its own small book.  Have patience, little minions.  It’s coming soon.)