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NaNoWriMo Tips For Resuscitating a Dying Plot by Marelisa Fabrega

November is “National Novel Writing Month”, better known for its acronym, NaNoWriMo. Thousands of seasoned and newbie novel writers will join this literary marathon with the same objective: to write a novel of at least 50,000 words from November 1 to November 30.

Lots of people who have joined NaNoWrimo during previous years have reported starting off on a writer’s high and then hitting writer’s block around the second week of the competition. If your plot runs out of steam on day ten of NaNoWriMo, here are some things you can do:

  1. Kill a main character.
  2. Hit shuffle on your iPod and the first song that comes up is the title of your next chapter.
  3. Your main character finds an old letter in a library book.
  4. Include an element of betrayal: someone is having an affair or has lied about their past.
  5. Flip through magazines or art books. Look through the newspaper. Cut out three items which you feel have potential to inspire an interesting scene.
  6. Go people watching: sit at an outdoor cafe; go to the mall; ride the subway or the bus. Collect five snatches of conversation.
  7. Write a list of words that are common to your genre and combine them in interesting ways to come up with titles for your chapters (dragon, castle, moat, knight). Once you have a title, create a plot twist based on that title.
  8. Think of your family’s stories which you’ve heard your relatives retelling over and over again.
  9. Think of an important, far-off goal your character is striving to reach and write about your character’s quest to achieve this objective.
  10. Your character loses someone or something that is very dear to them.
  11. Your character’s business is in trouble. Brainstorm ten possible ways to solve the problem. Choose the most unexpected approach to write about.
  12. Steal from the best. Think of a novel you love, take elements from the plot, and make them your own.
  13. Use social media for ideas (delicious, Stumbleupon, Twitter).
  14. Visit One Sentence or PostSecret; you’ll find lots of fodder for your creative process in these two sites.

Marelisa Fabrega blogs over at Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online. She’s the author of the eBook: How to Be More Creative.


About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co. She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

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