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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Fictional Best Friend

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFriday 24th February 2017: Fictional Best Friend

Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt involves a fictional best friend. 

Out of all the fictional characters you like (or don’t like,) which one would you like to hang out with for the day?

What sort of things would you get up to? Where would you go?

Build a short story around these ideas. Begin with the sentence, ‘we left at 9am.’

 

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Character and Dialogue

Novel Kicks Writing RoomFor today’s writing exercise I wanted to look again at characters and dialogue.

Turn on the TV and try to catch any programme or film that is currently ending (basically in its end credits.)

Whilst watching the end credits, try to write down as many names as you can. Names that you like, dislike or intrigue you. Maybe a name triggers an idea for story in the future?

Once you have a list, pick three names that stand out to you the most and write a short bio for each of them. Write it like you would a CV.

Now place all of them in an interview situation where you are only allowed to use dialogue. They can all be in a group interview or in separate rooms. Logistics is up to you.

 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Start The Next Sentence With

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Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: Use the last word of each sentence to begin the next one. 

For example, The cat came in from outside. Outside was cold. Cold was making it’s presence known.

Start off your piece off with the following sentence; ‘I looked at the clock. I couldn’t wait.’ 

 

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Writing Prompts

Novel Kicks Writing RoomIn the writing room today, I thought I would keep it simple.

Pick one prompt from each of the following and use them as inspiration for a short story with a maximum word count of 1,500 words.

A)

A carpenter

A teenage boy

A cartoonist

An actress/actor

 

B)

In a penthouse apartment

In a dentist waiting room

In a lift

On an island in the middle of the ocean.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Develop Your Writing Habit

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I am very guilty of not giving myself enough of a routine and being strict about it. It can be so easy for life to get in the way; that washing needs putting in, I need to tidy. It’s been a long day and i just want to have a bath and go to bed. The list can go on and on but you get the idea. A lot of my procrastination is also fear. A whole novel seems such a big task doesn’t it?

It’s time to look at it as smaller chunks of writing.

This week, look at your current writing habit. Does your current routine allow time to write? Are you finding you don’t have as much time as you’d like and the writing is the first thing to be put to one side?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: You’re Animated

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFriday 3rd February 2017: You’re Animated.

Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: you are animated.

Make a list of all your favourite animations (or as many as you can remember.)

Pull all the aspects that interest you about each one together into one world and then plonk yourself as an animated character right in the middle of it.

Write about one of the adventures that finds you whilst there.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Writing To Your Various Selves.

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Write a letter to you future self. What would you say? Once you’ve done that, write a letter to your sixteen year old self?

Try and make the letters at least one complete side of A4.

Is there anything different between the two letters? What advice would you give to either self?

If you want, you could then repeat this exercise but write from the perspective of one or more of your characters.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Eight Sentences and Paragraphs.

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFriday 27th January 2017: Eight Sentences and Paragraphs.

Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

I find the news as depressing as you’d expect, especially at the moment. That is why I try to see story ideas within it. I love looking through articles. You don’t know what is going to trigger a story.

Today, head to a news site or grab a newspaper. Pick eight different news stories and write down the eighth line from each.
Use each sentence in a story. Each one should be the start of a new paragraph. Try and figure out a way to connect all of these random sentences.

 

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Starting in the Middle

Novel Kicks Writing RoomTuesday 24th January 2017: starting in the middle. 

A lot of writers, including myself, get hung up on that first sentence. I have restarted the first paragraph so many times I have lost count. The ending can also be hard to finalise. It’s sometimes tricky to know where you’re going.

When you’re writing a first draft, it is hard to allow yourself to just write.

I have a first sentence and a last sentence. The exercise today is to fill in the bit in the middle.

First sentence: Come on. We have to go else or we are not going to survive.

Last sentence: I was now by myself. I would have to set out to find them alone.

I know that on the surface it seems like it is a scientific-fi novel but you don’t have to keep it that way if you don’t want to. Have fun with it. Also, try not to edit whilst writing.

 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Fiction Becomes Real Life.

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Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt is about fiction becoming real life. Make a list of your favourite fictional characters. Now put them all together in a story. Somehow, they all end up in your living room. Write a scene involving them all. What happens? Who gets on and who doesn’t?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Introduce Yourself

Novel Kicks Writing RoomTuesday 17th January 2017: Introduce Yourself. 

Creating characters is one of the most important things when writing a novel. A writer needs to know their characters. They need to know their likes, dislikes, what scares them or what motivates them.

The more you know your characters, the more developed they will feel or at least that is what I am finding. Today, I thought it would be fun to introduce yourself. Write a biography with you as the character. To help, I’ve included some questions below. Then you could also pick one of your characters and complete this for them. Add more questions if you wish.

Name.

Age

Date of Birth

Education.

Favourite books, music and films.

Dislikes.

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Friday 13th January 2017: A Dangerous Adventure.

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Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

There is a group of five. Three boys and two girls. They find a map that claims to lead them to a vast fortune. They begin to follow it blindly. It leads them deeper underground and far away from the small town they live in.

Things are not as they seem though. One by one, something begins to happen to each of them.

Write this story. How does it end?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Poetry into Prose

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Today, I thought it would be fun to look at changing poetry into a short story.

Pick a favourite poem (although it might also be interesting to pick one you don’t like.) The theme and the content can be up to you.

Convert the poem into a short story. Write up to 2,000 words. You can change the plot around as well as the characters.

Have fun with it.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Resolutions

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Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: The new year has rolled around but it is not the usual happy event people have got to know. After the war ended, a law was made that every new year, people should make a list of things they have done wrong throughout the year and for each one, a punishment is administered.

Write about one person who goes against the law and what the consequences are.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Christmas Carol

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Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: As there are only two days to go, I couldn’t resist making the Fiction Friday Christmas themed.

We all know the story of The Christmas Carol. Scrooge, Jacob Marley, The ghost of past, present and future and the eventual redemption.

This week, update the Christmas Carol to make it modern.

Your character is not liked. He’s not a nice person. He/she shuns their family, friends and the Christmas season. Your character is greedy and uncharitable. They are visited by four ghosts. However, what if he is forced to become one of the ghosts for a while? What if he somehow gets the power to transport someone else?

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