Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Nov. 20

Theme: Midway


For any of the NaNoWriMo novelists out there struggling to stay on track, despite increasinly unweildy plots and unruly characters, here are some suggestions to get your characters out of a rut. These don’t have to end up in the finished book, but they might teach you something about your characters
along the way, and besides, they’re far more fun than following a pre-planned plot:

  • Dream Sequences – great for wordcount, these can be written in pure freefall, stream of consiousness mode; best of all, you don’t have to worry about them making any sense (although you can feel free to pack them full of meaning and symbolism if you really want to)
  • Flashbacks – not sure where your characters’ motivations are coming from? Take a trip back in time. What were they like as kids? Did they experience any life-changing, momentous events (tragic or otherwise)?
  • Unexpected Encounters – How would your characters react if they were thrown into completely unexpected circumstances? How would they handle themselves if, say, the world was suddenly attacked by aliens? Invaded by giant pink mushroom-eating alligators? Or if the town they lived in inexplicably became a circus overnight?

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  1. piece of pie said,

    November 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    a most enjoyable post of topic and words…

  2. December 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm


    Many, many days late. Ah well. One must find inspiration somewhere, and lately the muses have not been singing sweetly in my ear.
    This is one I fought for.

  3. mimosaeffect said,

    December 4, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Nice to have you back, Asleep. You can feel free to post links to your stories anytime, even on older prompts. Every writer knows how fickle the muses can be. 😉

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