NaNoWordSprints Prompts from November 2019

Writing prompts for whomever needs them…

Don't Shake the Flask

Here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during this year’s main NaNoWriMo event!

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November 4, 2019, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Vintage Postcards

10 min
hands across the sea
20 minin olden days
30 mintravel lodge
10 minbridge
20 min
you don’t know beans
30 min
I was out all night
10 minhelp
20 minresting place
30 min
nothing compares
10 mintransportation
20 mincostume
15 min
strange contraptions

November 6, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Lost Words

10 minboscaresqueadj
picturesque; scenically wooded
20 minchermadicadj
of a heavy weight used as a projectile
30 minaretalogern
braggart; one who boasts about his own accomplishments
10 minessomenicadj
showing things as they will be in the future
20 mindiffibulatev
to unbutton; to unbuckle
30 minnubivagantadj
moving throughout or among clouds
10 minpudifyv

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Reasons to write


NaNoWriMo is approaching. And I received on e-mail a motivational post (not related to this international contest, but related to writing). Here it is, together with the source:

In case you’re in need of motivation, here are some reasons to write…
– To express yourself.
Writing is a chance to cut through the small talk and chatter, to share parts of yourself that are normally hidden in everyday life, to connect with others at the deepest level.
– As a gift to others.
Your writing can bring great pleasure to others, entertain them, distract them from their problems, transport them with beauty, make them feel less alone.
– To make discoveries.
Writing can be a process of exploration.  Start with a character or situation and see where that takes you.  Let your imagination surprise you.
You can write about what you don’t know, what fascinates and bothers you, the questions that keep you up at night.
– To keep yourself company.
When you’re writing, you’re never alone.  You’re engaged in a conversation with your future readers.  And the whole time, voices are speaking in your imagination, the voices of characters, of memories…
– To live more intensely.
Writing makes you observant.  You’re constantly collecting material that you can convert into your creative work.  Your senses sharpen, and the world becomes more vivid.
– To make your time count.
When the year ends, what will you have to show for it?  If you’ve written poems, scenes, stories, memoirs, part of a novel, you will know that your time has been put to good use.
Happy writing,

NaNoWordSprints Prompts from July 2019

Might be useful for another NaNo.

Don't Shake the Flask

Here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during this year’s second session of Camp NaNoWriMo!

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July 1, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Bear Idioms

10 minbear hug
20 minbear the burden
30 minbear trap
10 min
bear a resemblance to
20 minbear a grudge

July 3, 2019, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from July 2011

10 minundercurrents
20 minmayhem
30 minbloodline
10 mincurses
20 minnotorious
30 minescape
10 mincreep
20 minripple
30 minredemption
10 minhomecoming
20 minswitchback
30 mindominance
15 minsurvivors
20 minincognito

July 4, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Fairy Tale Tropes

10 minbad boss
20 min
be careful what you wish for
30 minimpossible task
10 min
deal with the devil
20 minforbidden fruit
30 minlast request
10 min
malicious slander
20 min
secret test of…

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Fanart de la Loretta

Am o prietenă, măritată demult în Statele Unite, și care trebuie să aibă deja fete de liceu și generală. Pe vremuri, mi-a citit cărțile în manuscris (atunci erau caiete de 48 file, plus altele cusute pe lângă) și mi-a desenat personajele. Aveam cel puțin încă două astfel de cartonașe, pierdute în mutările succesive – fiindcă vorbim de desene făcute acum 32-34 de ani…

Aceștia nu mai știu cine sunt. Dar cum am în cărți destui cavaleri care nu se tem să scoată în lume două fete, nu una (probabil, una fiindu-le chiar soră sau verișoară)…


Serioja și Marina, din Echipajul, în viziunea ei.


Deja nu mai este nevoie de prezentare – Jose și Emilia, din Prietenii Dreptății

Loretta Prietenii Dreptatii

(și da, în manuscrisul inițial nu erau garofițe multicolore, parfumate, ca în cântec, ci crizanteme ruginii primite pe geam, fără partitură… numai că am schimbat la prima revizie, că nu se potriveau cu niciun cântec).

Poate fi și aceasta o invitație ca eventualii fani cu talent la transpunerea în imagini (nu am zis talent la desen, că și jocurile cu păpuși pe calculator pot fi de efect, inclusiv așa-zisele chibi) să-mi trimită versiunea lor după personajele preferate din cărțile mele, pe Facebook sau pe e-mail.

5,000 writing prompts

I wasn’t sure how to reblog Bryn Donovan’s  post about writing prompts, so I copied it, for any interested writer. Sorry for what written part transferred wrongly – in edit mode, I see them all right…

Goodbye, writer’s block. 5,000 WRITING PROMPTS is available for pre-order on eBook.

Hi friends! Many of you are familiar with the lists of plot ideas on my blog, such as the following:

50 Fantasy Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts

50 Romance Plot Ideas

50 Mystery Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts

20 Easy Poetry Writing Prompts and Exercises!

100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself
I love coming up with writing prompts and sharing exercises that have worked for me! That’s why I wrote this book that includes master plots, dialogue and character prompts, setting prompts, and many more ways to spark your creativity.

Ending Writer’s Block: the 2-Week Challenge

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the writing habit, you’re not alone. Most writers go through dry spells! With my new book, I have an easy challenge that could break the spell.

It’s really simple. Every day for two weeks, you choose a writing prompt from the book at random and write about it for fifteen minutes. (Even very busy people can usually do something for fifteen minutes a day.) Write whatever comes to mind, as fast as you can. It doesn’t have to be good. It doesn’t even have to make sense.

At the end of the two weeks, I bet you’ll find that your creative inspiration is back. You’ll be able to create joyfully and prolifically again.

Click here to pre-order 5,000 WRITING PROMPTS on Kindle.

I hope everything’s going well with you! Happy writing!

Love and light,


NaNoWordSprints Prompts for November 2018

Don't Shake the Flask

Finally! These are at least sort of on time. At least I’m not waiting a full year to post them. Anyways, have fun with these writing prompts!

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November 1, 2018, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints Sprints

10 minscreaming
15 minentering store
30 mintaking a seat
10 minit’s all ruined
20 minmagic mirror

November 6, 2018, 7:30pm-12:20am (UTC-8)
Food Facts

10 min
fish sauce – something disappearing because something new replaced it
20 min
melons – perplexing the experts
30 min
resurrection cheese – ruins
10 min
grapefruit – forbidden (citrus x paradisi) (Jamaican sweet orange and Indonesian pomelo)
20 min
börek – rivals (rival monarchs)
30 min
shipworm, shivers of pleasure
10 minisinglass – book
20 minlettuce – soporific
30 min
spices – difficult to define
10 min
jellyfish, tender, crunchy and elastic
20 minwigs – symbolic
15 minpizza…

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