Way back when in ... 2005, I think, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I had SO much fun! But, there were times when I got stuck and simply could NOT find the 1600 words that day. Then I discovered the NaNoWriMo message boards -- and there was one in particular that excited me to no end.
Here are just a few that I jotted down to use. See what YOU think:
* Have a character who is so extremely obsessive about order that they can only talk alphabetically.
* Have your most serious character own (and proudly display) a hot pink tablecloth.
* Have a character that is prone to accidentally setting random objects on fire (waste baskets, slippers, dish rags, etc.)
* 15 chickens appear somewhere in your novel.
+bonus points if these 15 chickens appear every chapter
* Make at least 15 references throughout your novel to the game of Monopoly.
* Have a cat follow the main characters around EVERYWHERE.
+ BP if the cat is in places a cat simply should not be.
+ DBP if the cat is always asleep when the characters notice it.
+ TBP if the cat wakes up at the end of the story.
* Have a discreet shout out to every movie you (the author) have seen in the previous year-- aka a quoted line, a plot detail, a prop appearing in a scene.
* Include a Spontaneous Chicken Situation. It doesn't matter what a SCS is. Just include it.
* Have a character begin misquoting literary classics at every occasion
* Include a character with a pet turtle named Awkward.
* Have something a character reads or writes on the inside of a bathroom stall turn into a major plot point.
I could go on and on and on ... the writers who are reading this: How many of you got an idea from these dares?
And for everyone: I actually used three of these in WIPs. Anyone care to guess which three?
What do you do when you're stuck and the muse just won't cooperate?
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