National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has rolled around again. If you’re not familiar with the concept, basically the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month and despite the National moniker thousands of people around the world take part in the challenge.
As usual, my day job takes up too much time for me to commit to the 1,667 words a day it takes to hit that goal but I know a lot of people who are attempting it.
Today is the halfway mark of the month and it’s become traditional for me to post some helpful prompts for people who’s NaNoWriMo novels aren’t progressing as well as they might like.
So, without further ado, I present to you NaNoWriMoLax 2015
- Giant worms erupt from the ground and swallow your hero whole
- A malevolent AI shuts down the Internet
- The hero’s best friend/husband/parents are revealed as aliens
- A firestorm hits the city
- Zeus appears in the sky and sends your hero on a quest to find a golden goblet/sword/cheese
- The hero has been poisoned
- The hero has misheard something he’s been told and does the opposite of whatever it is he’s supposed to be doing
- A trip to the bathroom turns nasty
- A solar eclipse threatens to unleash an intergalactic terror
- The hero’s high school sweetheart arrives…
- …but they’re possessed by a demon
- The hero is invited to the prom by the most beautiful guy/girl in the school
- A swarm of killer bees begins crawling from the walls
- A man in a blue box appears and tells everyone they need to come with him
- The power goes out
- A ghost appears and makes a dire prediction
- The walls begin to close in
- Your hero trips on a tree root, hits his head on the ground and forgets everything
- The bad guys reveal they’re able to bring characters from books to life and they LOVE Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet
- A lightening strike turns everything really pale
- The hero has a watch that can summon werewolves
- A lost dog/cat/iguana appears and befriends your hero
- A pit opens up beneath your hero’s feet
- What’s that smell?
- A super being crashes through the wall carrying an important message for your hero
- Your hero gets a vision of the future
- A crowd of Justin Bieber/Taylor Swift fans mistake the hero for Justin Bieber/Taylor Swift.
- A film crew turns up – they’re making documentary about the villain
- The hero’s get a breather and spend some time around a camp fire eating and talking about their family history
- One of the characters can’t sleep so the hero makes up a story to help them sleep – just dump the whole story in the novel, it’ll be fine
- The world is just a computer program, in reality everyone’s hooked up to machines (hold on, that sounds familiar…)
- The hero is shot in the leg
- The hero shoots someone in the leg
- A shadowy military organisation appears and offers to help the hero but their own agenda is even worse than the villain’s
- All the birds on the planet have vanished
- The earth’s rotation is beginning to slow
- Time stops for thirty seconds
- The hero is given a red pill and a blue pill (okay, I know someone’s done that one…)
- A dinosaur from a child’s picture book comes alive
- The hero and villain bond over a common love of video games/garden gnomes/spinach
- Killer ducks!
- The hero’s best friend reveals he/she loves him/her
- A roguishly good looking man/woman appears but can the hero trust him/her?
- A badly damaged robot stumbles out of some nearby woods with a message for the hero
- All the lights go out
- The hero is dragged back in time to the beginning of the novel but his memories are intact so now he has the opportunity to go through all the same events again but behave slightly differently, even if it’s only saying something slightly different so now you can basically copy out everything you’ve written up until this point and just change a few words here and there – that should be enough to get you well on your way to 50,000 words (just don’t cut and paste it, write it out or it’s cheating and no one likes a cheat)
Hopefully, something in there will help you get your novel moving again. Or maybe not. Either way, Don’t Give Up!
You can find out more about my upcoming releases, and get four FREE books by signing up for my newsletter here.[50 Ways to Unblock Your NaNoWriMo Novel by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 15th November 2015]
Pingback: NaNoWriMoLax 2017 | Philip Harris, Speculative Fiction Author