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Deciding How To End It – #NaNoWriMo Wednesday Writing prompt

We’re on the third-to-last day of NaNoWriMo. I’m sure some of you have already hit 50,000 words, and congratulations if that’s you! For the rest of us, it’s not too late to win this thing! Let’s keep this writing thing going with today’s prompt:

Ask your character what else they want to accomplish. Will your ending be more satisfying if the character achieves these goals? Or do their plans need to fall apart one more time before the end?

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from the Writer’s Relief article “Setting The Record Straight: 5 Misconceptions About NaNoWriMo.” Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to produce a great manuscript by the end of NaNoWriMo — the important thing right now is to get words on the page and have fun.

“While some writers might expect to have a finished book in thirty days, most writers understand that their NaNoWriMo efforts will result in the finished raw material of a book—not a polished, publisher-ready book. NaNo is just the beginning.” – Writer’s Relief

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Shake Up Your Genre – #NaNoWriMo Wednesday Writing prompt

AAAAAHHHH! Only 10 days left for NaNoWriMo (if you’re counting today). Most years this is when I start wondering things like, “Why am I even writing this novel?” or “I have no idea what to do next.” The important thing is to just keep writing (*cue Dory animation in my head*). If you’re stuck, maybe today’s writing prompt will help:

Make the unexpected happen. Bring a murder-mystery scene into your high-fantasy. Throw a dragon into your romance story. Strike your no-nonsense character with Cupid’s dart. It’s time to shake things up and see how the characters respond.

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There’s Always A Way Out – #NaNoWriMo Motivational Monday quote

Today’s NaNo motivation quote comes from author Sarah Ockler’s article “10 Prompts to Get You Out of a NaNoWriRut.” Writing a brand new novel is hard, so don’t get discouraged if is seems like things aren’t going perfectly this month. Keep writing!

“Don’t stress, storytellers. You’re inventing people and conflict and worlds out of thin air—a few speed bumps are to be expected. … The good news? There’s always a way out.” – Sarah Ockler

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