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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Lines, Lines, Lines

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Use all of the following lines of text below in a short story involving a wedding.

Write a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,500 words. You don’t have to keep the sentences below in the same order.

The lines to include in your piece…..

‘But I am in love with her.’

‘The war has begun and they are coming for us.’

‘No, you can’t take the unicorn home.’

‘You know he will kill you the moment you step outside.’

‘I saw them in the bowlplex yesterday. Kissing.’

‘When the time comes, you’ll know.’

 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Focus on Film

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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 a character in a movie.

Think of your favourite movie. Now think about your favourite character in that movie.

Write a scene featuring this character but a scene that doesn’t feature in the current movie. Is it that the boy doesn’t get the girl? Could it be that the person you thought was the good guy is actually the bad guy?

You can write this in prose or you could have a go at writing it in a script format.

 

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Become an Explorer

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Getting out into the fresh air is always good for clearing the cobwebs and going in search of inspiration.

Get out and explore your neighbourhood today. Walk down a street you don’t normally walk down. Turn left where you would normally go right or vice versa.

What do you hear, see or smell?

You could always take a camera to keep a record of everything you discover.

Once you’re back, go through and see what inspires a story.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: A World Without…

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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 imagining a world without.

There are many things that we, as humans feel that we can’t be without. Make a list of the things in your own life that you feel fit this category.

Then pick one and use it as inspiration for a story. Your character has just woken up and found themselves without this object. It’s an object that becomes important to their survival. What happens?

 

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Off on a Tangent

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For our writing exercise today, I thought we could go back to generating ideas.

Find an A4 piece of paper and draw a box in the middle of the page.

Pick up the book that is closest to you. Open it and write down the first word you see in the box you’ve just drawn.

Use that word as a starting point. What does that word make you think of. Write an arrow out from the box and write it down. Does the first word inspire anything else? Use each word you write down as inspiration for the next.

 

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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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