Tag Archives: NaNoWriMo

WRITING: Writing Prompts

18 Jan

I’m really good at having ideas, generally speaking. All the time, I’m being hit from left field by ideas for things to write about. Admittedly, I have about seven or eight ideas that I squeeze and cobble together with the new ideas to make them even better (I hope!).

The thing is, sometimes I’m waiting for that spark. I was lucky enough to get that spark with my NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m hoping to get it with the next novel I plan to write, since it still needs to be plotted and tweaked and revised before I even begin writing.

So, occasionally, I will start cheating.

I use creative writing prompts. They’re amazing. They don’t always seem totally relevant to what you’re writing at the time. But if you try to write a short story, for example, based on one of the writing prompts you encounter, you may create a character or a setting that is perfect for a bigger project. Try it, I dare you. Here are some links to some great creative writing prompt websites:

If you get a short story, or a novel or an epic poem or anything else out of these prompts, let me know!! I would love to check it out! Drop me an email or a comment, and let me know if you’re taking the prompt plunge!


WRITING: writing prompts

4 Dec

I’m writing the last chapter of my NaNoWriMo novel. By writing, I mean getting a page in, erasing it all and starting all over again. Numerous times. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why I’m unable to finish this book. I don’t know if it’s because NaNoWriMo is over and the push for those 1,667 words is over. It could be that I just can’t tame the perfectionist inside. Maybe I’m just too excited to start my next project. Or, maybe, it’s that I’ve entered the denouement of my novel, and I just don’t want it to end (or I’m finding things less interesting now that the climax has passed).

The point, is that this isn’t the first time I’ve been stuck while crafting a story. Though this obstacle is internal, that doesn’t mean my brain can’t be sparked by something external. So, this wouldn’t be first time I ever turned to a writing prompt. Though they aren’t all great, sometimes all you need is a combination of items or, just the seed of an idea to get your motor revving and your brain moving.

Whether you need to start, or finish.

Today’s goal: finish the NaNoWriMo novel. Tomorrow’s goal: not look at my computer screen at all. (except, you know, to check Twitter, email, Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest. Sigh.) Check out the list of writing prompts below! Let me know if any of them inspire you!

  • These writing prompts are from Writer’s Digest! Always interesting and diverse!
  • These are from creativewritingprompts.com! I chose by my favorite number, and then picked any with my number in it. Do it however you want!
  • Lastly, I recently found this awesome Tumblr, by Luke Neff! That the prompts are illustrated only makes it more wonderful!

nanowrimo: domination!

29 Nov

Though the novel is not yet complete, I validated about an hour ago! Goal achieved at 50,109!!

If you’ve been NaNo-ing, and have won, or are almost there, or you’ve given up, I would love to congratulate you, motivate you or commiserate with you! Drop me a comment or an email at dallyingwiththewriter@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION: November Playlist (the nanowrimo special!)

5 Nov

Track listing:


This is kind of early for a playlist post, but this post is kind of special. This is a selection of songs that I’ve been listening to while writing my NaNo-novel! Maybe they’ll inspire you while you write yours. If you’re NaNo-ing, you should add my as a writing buddy, or simply email me and we can talk noveling!

Listen to the playlist in its entirety HERE, and be my writing buddy HERE.


nanowrimo: boo-yeah!

4 Nov

8156 words.

#isthisreallife? #nanowrimo.

Be my writing buddy here!

nanowrimo: be my buddy!

4 Nov

NaNoWriMo, which I heard about some four or five years ago, was always a fear for a perfectionist like myself. I’ve literally spent hours aching over one paragraph, hoping I’ve crafted beautiful sentences.

But this year, I’m NaNoWriMo-ing, and if you are, we should chat about it, in-between typing until our fingers ache. Add me as a writing buddy on NaNoWriMo here. Whether things are going really well, or you’re stuck, or you need someone to bounce ideas off of, I’m so here!

Drop me a comment below, or even email me and we can revel in the NaNoWriMo-y goodness together.

it’s upon us: nanowrimo.

3 Nov

NaNoWriMo is here! Are you NaNoWriMo-ing?? I am–sort of. I didn’t write any yesterday. So, I’m already behind. UGH. I don’t know that I’ll make my goal, but there’s no point in loosing faith, right? Let me know if you’re doing the challenge and we can commiserate  and motivate each other! Is anyone writing in a group? Anyone else going it alone? Anyone else already behind?

Drop a comment below and we can chat!


14 Oct


National Novel Writing Month.

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard about it. The challenge: write a novel of 50,000 words in one month, November. It’s lead many writers to a month of little sleep, aching fingertips and excessive coffee consumption.

But it has motivated thousands of writers to get started and complete either at 50,000 word novel, or the first 50,000 words of a novel. I know what you’re thinking—50,000 words, kind of low right? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a fantastic novel and personal favorite of mine, is roughly about 50,000 words, so, you know, your NaNoWriMo novel could be the next Gatsby.

If you’re thinking of particpating, here’s a few things you should do/know:

  • go to the NaNoWriMo website, and sign up! The sign up is free and is used to verify your novel’s length at the end of the month. That is, by 11:59:59 on November 30th. Starting in 2008, the self-publishing company CreateSpace began working with NaNoWriMo to offer those who do complete the challenge one FREE paperback copy of their novel. ALL BOUND AND EVERYTHING.
  • While on the site, check to see if there’s a group of people particpating in NaNoWriMo in your area. Chance are, there is and if you’re a college student, your school may even have a group of people dedicated to the NaNoWriMo challenge. They’re probably meeting right about now, so find out soon!
  • When you do verify your novel, NaNoWriMo doesn’t keep any record of your book—i.e., it still belongs completely to you!
  • Don’t cheat! Don’t start writing before the month begins: you’re only cheating yourself.
  • However, before the month begins, you can do detailed and extensive note-taking, plotting, character development, etc, etc.
  • NaNoWriMo offers a Laptop Loaner program for people who don’t have regular access to a computer. While there is a $300 deposit fee attached, along with having to pay for shipping, but hey, it is cheaper than buying a computer!

So what do you think? Think you might like to try it? Have you tried in the past? Whether you completed the challenge or not, how was the experience? If you are getting started, and think you might have some work to do beforehand, I suggest you start now. READY…SET…WRITE! (ready…set…unoriginal joke.)