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NaNoWriMo 2014

Posted on: October 26, 2014

Hello everyone, how are you doing? Yes I can blog sometimes apart from uploading what I’m reading and all that. And this year I’m going to go for NaNoWriMo.

Incase you don’t know what it is, I will tell you. You have a task of completing the first draft of your 50,000 word novel in 30 days in the month of November. You write that and submit it on the Nanowrimo.org website to get it validated and you’ve won.

It sounds easy but it is not actually. You lose motivation, the writer’s block is there and it haunts and stalks you for days. My first attempt was in 2012 and I lasted 3 days writing only 3k words. It was terrible but I had genuine work so there is a valid excuse for it.

Anyway this year, I have a couple of plots in mind. One of them is brewing in my mind for ages and I sort of do not want to write that in NaNo because it’s a precious plot. The thing about NaNoWriMo is you just have to write 50,000 words which make sense of course but you can write anything. The quality doesn’t matter. It’s the quantity that’s what we are looking for. The other plot is of a fantasy novel and I think 50k word is too short for it. I actually overdid that plot and now I’m thinking it requires two books to complete. Not that I’ve written anything that big. (I’m currently writing a fan fiction which I’m going to upload at fanfiction.net).

So now I’m gonna be not thinking much and writing a plot my brother told me about these evil fish in New York. I could name it Curse of the Fish or Fish Busters. It’s going to be random humour and adventure. I haven’t even written an outline for it.

And here is the fun part. I’m going to be doing a lot of dares in this. I will add my dares list at the end. But for now, tell me about yourself. Are you doing NaNoWriMo? What are you writing? I would love to hear. Please comment. I hope I will succeed next month. It would be lovely.

Here is the list of the dares for NaNoWriMo 2014. I will update my blog every 7th day (after a week) with my novel update. Good luck.

1. Begin your story with your MC looking into a mirror- but refusing to describe themselves.

2. Begin your story at a Halloween party.

3. Begin your story with someone spilling their coffee.

4. Have a character with a name of obvious character traits (Chastity, Charity, Grace, etc.) who is nothing like their name.

5. Have at least one character sneeze in every chapter.

6. Have your character drink more caffeinated beverages than you do during the month.

7. Have a character dream they’re in their underwear in at least 5 different public places.

8. Include the line “He/she was the best frenemy I ever had.”

9. Include the line: “He/she fell through a plot hole.”

10. Include the line: “How is it my fault that I was the last person at the scene of the crime?”

11. Include the line: “8 inches? Wow!”
BP if it’s not sexual at all

12. Include the line, “The park is a dangerous place!”
BP if someone dies at the park.

13. Have a character that only jumps out of windows to exit buildings
BP if the character smashes the window each time instead of opening it
DBP if the nearest door is already open

14. Have one character say: “I’m hungry” and have another character reply: “You know, I think they made a cure for that. It was called food, last time I checked.”
BP if it happens in a totally serious scene
DBP if you manage to pull it off without ruining the serious mood

15. Include the quote: “Death before dishonor, but neither before breakfast.”
BP if it’s not said in a war like context.
DBP if the person who says it never eats breakfast.

16. Two characters build a pillow fort
BP if both characters are 18+
DBP if it’s a serious scene
TBP if it’s a pivotal, earth-shattering moment

17. Make a character’s left shoe constantly come untied
BP if they fall on their face and make a friend
DBP if they discover something important while tying their shoe
TBP if they beat the villain by tripping on their shoelace and accidentally tackling them to the ground

18. Use the number 394 in your novel
BP if one character tells another to turn to that page of the book
DBP if the character who says it is a Potions Master/chemist/something similar
TBP if it has something to do with werewolves

19. Have one character who never speaks
BP if it’s because they are always interrupted
DBP if no one seems to notice except for said character
TBP if at the climax this character finally gets fed up and goes on a rant
Cookies if someone responds to their rant with: “Well why didn’t you just say so?”

20. Make somebody wear a pair of sunglasses all the time.
BP if nobody comments on it.
DBP if everybody comments on it.
TBP if them wearing sunglasses is a major plot point.
QBP if they aren’t a celebrity.

21. Pull a “Ron” from “A Very Potter Musical” and have a character who always has something to eat in their hands.
BP if its always something different
DBP if they show up a lot
TBP if at one point they have no food and no one notices
QBP if during that scene, a random person runs up and gives them food

22. Have a character who never swears, but instead uses the most elaborate and random outbursts you can think of
BP if they’re always at least five words long
DBP if they’re different every time
TBP if the other characters can’t decide whether it’s brilliant and funny, or pretentious and annoying
QBP if once – and only once – something happens which shocks or scares them so much that they can only answer with a single, four letter swear word.

23. Include the line: “Sorry about your coffee, I had to throw it at someone.”
BP if it’s said to the MC
DBP if it’s said by they MC
TBP if it was thrown at the love interest
Q(uadruple)BP if they didn’t miss
Q(uintuple)BP if the MC later gets a coffee in the face

24. Have a character be obsessed with Monopoly
BP if they always lose
DBP if they throw a temper tantrum each time they lose
TBP if the climax involves an intense game of Monopoly in which:
someone does pushups -or-
someone cries -or-
someone flips the board
Cookies if all three happen
Brownies if this game takes place in a bathtub

25. Include at least five advertising slogans somewhere in your novel. Doesn’t matter how, just that they’re there. For example:
Just do it. (Nike)
I’m lovin’ it. (McDonalds)
Eat fresh. (Subway)
Have it your way. (Burger King)
Life tastes good. (Coca Cola)
Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.
Melts in your mouth, not in your hands. (M&Ms)
Nobody does chicken like KFC.
Obey your thirst. (Sprite)
So easy a caveman can do it. (GIECO)
There’s always room for Jell-O.
The snack that smiles back. (Goldfish)
The way a sandwich should be. (Subway)

26. Try having at least one small part of the book where (I know this is weird but just bear with me) you have the mc doing some hygiene.  (ex. using the toilet, taking a shower, shaving, etc.)  This is not only funny and will up your word count, but it also gives the reader a stronger sense of relativity to the book, than just having the mc like a no-potty needed superhero.

Double bonus points:  They do it in a public place

Triple bonus points:  They’re in a city like NYC and argue with the business proprietor about whether or not they can use the bathroom if they haven’t bought anything yet.  Like one time I went into a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins to use the bathroom and they were like you need to buy something and I’m like I’m not going to sit on the toilet eating, that’s undignified!  I’ll buy something after I piss!  And then I got kicked out.  Anyways.  This scenario can be adjusted for whatever setting you have, not just present-day NYC.

Quadruple bonus points:  They get into an argument with the proprietor about using the toilet and end up taking a piss on the floor or on the street right outside.

Quintuple bonus points:  Your character is homeless or traveling and therefore runs into this problem ALL THE TIME.  (Fun fact: the thing people always ask about living in Zuccotti Park has nothing to do with politics… it’s always “where did you use the bathroom?”)

Sextuple bonus points and lots and lots of extra words:  Your character gets arrested while peeing outside.

27. Write a series of 26 paragraphs that cycle through the alphabet. (First paragraph starts with A, the next with B, etc)

x2 if you do this more than once

x3 if you do this once every chapter

x4 if this is how every chapter starts

x5 if the very first paragraph of a chapter doesn’t count and is used in a separate cycle that follows the chapters. (Chapter one begins with A, two begins with B, etc.)

28. The 2nd thru 27th paragraphs of each chapter can either run A-Z or pick up where the first paragraph left off. For example, chapter eight, paragraph one begins with H. The next 26 paragraphs run I-H; for the following chapter, these paragraphs would run J-I.

29. Make there be a forest with an eyeball shooting acid.

x2 if there are two eyeballs.

x3 if there are also rocks falling from the sky

x4 if the rocks are caving the main character in a rock closet.

x5 if there are skeletons in the rock closet.”

30. Include a character who speaks in haiku.

BP if the character doesn’t realize they’re speaking in haiku.

DBP if everyone else speaks in haiku when they’re around this character.

31. Have your characters get involved in a food fight.

Bonus points if it takes place in a place you wouldn’t expect a food fight — a five-star restaurant, a wedding reception, etc.

Double bonus points if it takes more than 1667 words to describe.

Triple bonus points if it’s important to the plot

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