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Happy Howling!

OK, pop quiz:

You’re given two choices and only two. Which do you choose? Well, that depends, are you in the mood for:




I’m off to trick or treat in my crazy town! I’ll be back, but I’ll be brief – tomorrow starts the willy-nilly writing of a complete novel in 30 days! Did you dare go there? C’mon. Be a sport, be a novelist!

Visit often to gripe, groan or grin over the next 30 days of November…


October 31, 2008 at 4:16 am

Wacky Wednesday!

Weird. Wild. Wacky ideas for writing…

  1. Imagine a pair of magical eye glasses that when worn, your character can read minds.
  2. Create a new “forbidden fruit” and describe how the characters crave this food and the outcome if they eat it!
  3. Write about a world where the family pet has the last say in big decisions, such as where to vacation in the summer, which new car they should buy and which sports camp the kids will join.
  4. Technology take-over! What would happen in everyone became mute due to obsessive texting and emailing?


Have fun with these and share your own ideas here!

October 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

Terror Tuesdays! (Last one)

Well, today wraps up our month long Tuesdays of Terror. Hopefully you’ve created a horror story or two.

Here are four more spooky words to grab hold of your warm-beating heart:

  1. Haunting: The folklore told at dinner had been haunting his dreams.
  2. Ghost Hunter: Kim couldn’t believe her mother actually called in a Ghost Hunter!
  3. Mansion: My uncle left me his mansion in his will, his haunted mansion.
  4. Gnaw: The zombie began to gnaw on my ankle!


Have a spooktacular time making up creepy stories. Please share some of your themes here! I LOVE Halloween!

October 28, 2008 at 9:07 am

Monster Monday!

Select one of more of the ideas below to create a monster and develop a story!

  1. Monster from your nightmares
  2. Monster that is friendly (like Cookie Monster)
  3. Monster object (your shower becomes a monster, spraying water and soap everywhere! or your toaster or TV or ipod!)
  4. Monster from a movie: Dracula, Frankenstein, a zombie
  5. Monster Mash: now mash them altogether in a spooky or silly party! Don’t forget to describe the decorations and the menu!!


Share your ideas here!

October 27, 2008 at 11:17 am

Don’t pick your nose – Pick your word count!!

Are you signed up for YWP NaNoWriMo?

Don’t know what the heck all those initials mean? Don’t worry. Just go to the link, sign up, tell everyone you know and come back here to scream, shout and share in the experience of writing a NOVEL in 30 days!

Yeah, a novel. Sure you can. Don’t say that! Here, let’s make it simple. So, the adult groups are scrambling to write 50,000 words (yes, that’s 50 thousand!) but you my fine young friend can pick your own word count goal! Whoo-Hoo! So, no excuses. Just do it. You’ll be smarter for it (and probably hooked on Red Bull.)

Here’s a guide to pick your word count goal:

Are ya chicken? Bawk! Bawk!

Seriously, if you need “moral novel” support, post here and I’ll make sure you receive tips and cheers throughout the month of November.

October 25, 2008 at 4:22 am

5 Prompt Friday!

Writing prompts for your weekend:

  1. If you could have one friend be your slave for a day, what would you make them do? Write about it!
  2. Write about lunchboxes and the strange things in them.
  3. Create two characters in a tent in the dark woods…Go!
  4. Spin a globe, pick a spot and create a story from there
  5. Pretend a magical camera would warp those who were getting their picture taken to another dimension.

Have fun…..!

October 24, 2008 at 5:42 am

Wacky Wednesday (on Thursday!)

I’ve been so busy getting my plot and outline together for NaNoWriMo, I completely forgot to post the Wacky Wednesday prompts! Sorry guys!

Here you go…

  1. Have your character talk in pig latin for a whole chapter (igpay atinlay)
  2. Imagine you opened a restaurant that only served lima beans: how would make them tasty? How would you get people to eat there?
  3. Pretend in your story world, the characters had to dress the color of their emotion that day: red if they were angry, blue of sad, gray if bored, etc. How would that help the characters interact?
  4. Have your character switch bodies with her most annoying teacher. What would she do differently?
  5. Like that commercial, what if everything your character touched turned into Skittles?


Have more wacky ideas? Share them here!

October 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

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