This post first appeared on this blog on 22 November 2012, and is an extract from our NaNoWriMo-themed issue 3 of Publishing Talk Magazine.
The end is in sight! Here’s your final week of writing prompts from Sarah Salway to see you through to the end of NaNoWriMo.
Day 22: Draw your character – especially if you can’t draw.
Day 23: What does your character remember about being 10?
Day 24: Take your character out for a half-hour walk. Look at your neighbourhood with their eyes. What would they notice that you don’t? As soon as you get home, make notes.
Day 25: 12,500 words… imagine your character’s perfect idea of a holiday, especially if it’s different from yours.
Day 26: What does your character get really cross about? Write their rant.
Day 27: Include all five senses in your writing today – sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste. Add the sixth.
Day 28: The memory police are coming to wipe your character’s memories in five minutes time – what ones would he/she save?
Day 29: What’s the worst that can happen…? Write it.
Day 30: Woohooo! You have at least 15,000 words written but, more than that, you’ve kept going a daily writing practice. Suspend disbelief and write a dialogue between you and your work-in-progress. Ask it questions about what it needs from you now. Write down the answers. Keep writing until your WIP has finished talking.
Let us know how you got on – and find Sarah’s full 30-Day Writing Bootcamp in our NaNoWriMo-themed issue 3 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Or follow the links below: