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June 20, 2016

30 Days of blogs: Author Things — Prompts

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I don’t know how many times I have promoted or recommended Monica Wood’s The Pocket Muse vol 1 and vol 2…but I know how many times I have used them. Okay, so not like an actual number of times I have used them…that would be impossible to speculate and as I don’t keep a tally on my calendar about how many days I have used a prompt or two from her book…I can just officially go on record and say I have used them A LOT…

Each edition of The Pocket Muse has a prompt for every day of the year…let that sink in, and while it sinking in, remind yourself that there are 2 volumes…that’s right ladies and gentlemen, elves and trolls…that is 730 prompts for your writing pleasure.

Some of them, I have never used. Some of them have come into play with almost every novel. I use the prompts when I am outlining my novel and know I want this scene to show up somewhere. I also use them for poems. I use them when I am stuck. I would use them in a box, with a fox, while sitting on rocks…in my socks.



May 19, 2015

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2015

Yes, I know it’s May, and I also know that NaNoWriMo isn’t until November, but my calendar seems to be in fast forward mode. This year my NaNo project will be called Don’t Let Go and was inspired by the simple image of two young girls holding hands and jumping into a pool (this was when I went to visit my parents in Florida this past February).

Last year three things contributed to my first successful NaNo:

One was having multiple scheduled writing times with Lisa Mandina, where we kept each other accountable.

Two was having an “outline”for Driven West so I knew at least the general direction of where I was going.

Three was the random prompts I had written before hand for Driven West. (Monica Wood has to editions of The Pocket Muse which have prompts for every day of the year and are amazing tools.)

I didn’t end up using all of the prompts I had written for Driven West, but they helped me with character development and progression of the story. Anything that keeps me thinking about the story is a good good thing. What better way to get to know the people I am writing about than to put them in random scenarios and write them through it.

“You’re packing a suitcase.” Ooh…where are they going? Who is doing the packing? Is it the one leaving or is someone packing for them? Is it their choice to leave? Are they leaving or coming home? Is this a happy packing? A tear-filled one? Bittersweet? So much can be learned from just this one little 4-word prompt.

So in order to have NaNoWriMo 2015 be at least as successful as NaNo 2014, I need to schedule writing dates. I need to work on an “outline” and I need to work on some random prompts (my goal is 30 by the time November gets here…so far, I have two…). The prompts I write to only end up being maybe a page or two, but they are making plot lines happen and getting me to know my characters without distracting me from Broken or Redeeming Trust or Lucky Charms series or my blog…or my teaching job…or my other projects.

See why I need to start this now??? 😀

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