Sat. Scribes & NaNoWriMo Writing Prompts: Nov. 6

November is novelling month for all the NaNoWriMo writers out there, so for each Friday in November we’ll be posting special novel-related exercises along with the usual word and theme prompts.

Having trouble fleshing out your characters? Wanting to get to know them better, without taking time away from that frantic push towards 50k? Set up an interview with your characters. Sure, it’s a bit of a detour from the story, but it’s amazing how much more you’ll know about your characters once you’re finished. Best of all, you can write it right into the story! MC lost in space, or wandering through medieval Germany? Not a problem.  It’s NaNoWriMo, after all, where spontaneous purple elephants and other random gear shifts into ridiculous improbability abound – who says Oprah isn’t waiting around the next corner, just dying to interview our famous hero?

To help get you started, I’ve compiled a list of interview questions over the past couple of years, many of which were gleaned from a forum on that very topic over at the April Fools NaNo-spinoff site. Clicking on this link here will get you to a PDF version of the interview questions.

For those of you who are in poem or short-story mode, consider the most unlikely interview you can imagine having (think of how much success Anne Rice had running with that idea!).  For the traditionalists, the usual weekly prompts can be found below.

Theme: Complicated

Words:
curvaceous
latitude
beneath

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Oct. 9th

On time this week!  Don’t forget to sign up for NaNoWriMo if you haven’t already. Only 23 days to go…

In November, along with the usual Saturday Scribes prompts there will be special novel-development prompts and exercises, for those working on their 50k-novel-in-30-days.  Participants are welcome to post links to their NaNo novel excerpts during the month of November.

Theme: Preparation

Words:
scramble
brag
human
factory

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Saturday Scribes (belated) Writing Prompts Oct. 5

Away again over the weekend, once again finding myself without internet access. I keep thinking we’re living in a Bruner/Gibson future where everything is connected, and then finding out my computer isn’t compatible with the hotel’s “plug ‘n’ play” internet access, and that my phone has mysteriously run out of minutes when it should be topping up automatically. Sigh. So here they are, a bit later than expected. Enjoy!

The overall theme for this week’s prompts is by request, in anticipation of All Hallow’s Eve (some of our writers wanted to try their hand at writing a scary story for Oct. 31st). I’ve included more than the usual amount of words, so for this week don’t feel you need to use all of them, just pick whichever ones get your fingers twitching.

Theme: What goes bump in the night

Words:
 darkness
 razor
 
whisps
 slithery
 circling
 black

 patter
 drainpipes
 dripping

 prickle
 tangled
 buried

(All of this week’s words were taken, somewhat randomly, from Neil Gaiman’s Hugo award winning novel “The Graveyard Book“)

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2009 Hugo Winners

Winners of the 2009 Hugo Awards are up, as of August 9th:

http://www.thehugoawards.org/2009/08/2009-hugo-award-winners/

I have to say, I think it’s totally awesome that Dr. Horrible’s SingAlong Blog won for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form.    Way to go Joss!  And another one of my favourite guys, Neil Gaiman, won for best novel.  I’m not sure, but it might be the first time that a YA novel has won in that category. 

Now I have to start scrounging around in the local book stores and start doing some serious reading.  It’s been far too long since I bothered to check out new SF authors (I’ve been a bit of a creature of habit, genre/reading wise lately).

Some Writerly Tidbits for August

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: June 26

"Unusual Nature" by cambiodefractal (flickr creative commons)

Theme: Adaptation

Words:
fingernail
venerate
habitual
shock

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: June 12

Theme: Rejection

Words:
late
sang
sweet

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Saturday Scribes’ Opposite Day: May 15

Usually we’re all about giving you words to play with, but on opposites day, the challenge is to make due with less words. Last August, we challenged participants to write a piece of fiction without using the five most common words in the English language.

This week, the challenge is to write a piece of fiction without using any adverbs or adjectives. Metaphors and similies, on the other hand, are fine (everyone who just spent a month immersed in poetry can smile smugly now – but remember, the challenge is to use your recently honed metaphorical skills to craft a piece of prose this time around).

If you’re not already a grammar maven, you might want to review the rules for adjectives and adverbs. For instance, did you know: When the words this, that, these and those are followed by nouns, they are adjectives (e.g. This book is for sale), but when they appear without a noun following them, they are pronouns (e.g. This is mine).

If this all sounds too much like work, you can (as always) ignore the rules and just riff on the theme instead.
The Theme for this week is: Paradigm

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: May 8th

Theme: Underground

Words:
lens
gasoline
surface
entering

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