Friday, 22 November 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 22: Powering Through the Distractions

I admit, the Christmas season is fast approaching and that means I'm not quite as focussed as I should be. I limped toward my word count goal yesterday, in-between watching Christmas movies, and helping my parents set up a few decorations around the house.

And this weekend is Grey Cup—the Canadian football League finals—and we always watch it as a family, while we continue setting up for the holidays. Rumour has it, Dad wants to put up the tree this Sunday!

So, if you're like me and are struggling to get motivated with all these distractions, don't worry, I've got you covered. I dug up some quick writing assignments that are guaranteed to fire up your creativity. Don't spend too long on them, though, because obviously, you should be writing your NaNoWriMo stories, but here are a few ideas for warm up:

Imagine you are living in the time of the dinosaurs and a pterodactyl is trying to dive-bomb you. Look out! Describe the scene in a short paragraph using lots of adjectives (words that describe nouns.)


You are cordially invited to write your own fairy tale invitation. Maybe it's to Cinderella, inviting her to the ball. Or maybe, you're inviting the Big Bad Wolf to a dinner party. Remember to write the date, time and place of the event—and give a quick description of what invitees can expect.


Take a break from writing and get out those crayons. Sketch one of the characters from your story, and then colour in the details—green hair? Excellent. Describe how his or her hair got that colour. Maybe he fell into a vat of paint, or she gobbled up too much broccoli.

What do you think? Any of these ideas spark your imagination? I think I'm going to grab my sister's crayons and draw some characters—especially after filling out my character building template I wrote about on yesterday's blog.

Gotta jet! If you're in the groove, I wish you ALL THE WORDS. See you tomorrow as we kick off the LAST week of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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