Writing Room

Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: A Time For Firsts

It’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction.

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.

Pinch punch first day of the month.

Your character finds themselves overwhelmed when they experience three big firsts in one day.

Their age, gender, job is up to you.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Wishing

It’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction.

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 am always wishing for.’

Starting with that line, write about someone (usually sad, cynical and bitter) who suddenly finds themselves with one wish.

However, the wish comes with a price and a choice that has to be made.

There will be a consequence.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Getting Started

Getting started. 

One of the things I obsess over too much is the first sentence. It is supposed to hook the reader.

Something to be remembered though…this is not something that is important with a first draft. Everything can be changed in editing (repeating this to myself like a mantra.)

Pick one of the following sentences as a starting point and then write for three minutes. 

Once you’ve done this, you could find one that applies to your book idea. 

‘I tried to leave the rabbit stopped me.’ 

‘When Lana opened the book, something took over.’ 

‘When he/she stepped into the attic, it was like stepping into the past.’ 

‘He/she wanted this moment to end. How was another matter.’ 

 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Radio GaGa

It’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction.

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.

Radio Gaga.

Turn on the radio and make a note of the first three songs you hear.

These are now the three themes that will make up your story.

Combine them all together, including any characters mentioned in the song. So for example, you have to include Loretta if you hear Get Back by the Beatles.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Showing and Telling

Today in the writing room, I wanted to look at showing and telling.

As I am trying to write my first novel, I am finding out the hard way that it is very easy to tell and not show. It’s a very quick trap to fall into.

Convert the following sentences into something that is showing action rather than just telling.

She felt tired.

He came home drunk.

He loved her.

They hated each other.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Fairytale Reimagined

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday in the writing room, I thought it would be fun to write a fairy tale. 

We all know the classics; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty etc.

Writing no more than 1,500 words, pick a fairytale and put it into a modern setting.

You can merge a couple if you like.

For example, what if Cinderella worked for a cleaning company and had a lazy manager who was horrible. Sleeping Beauty worked in the city but couldn’t stop falling asleep in important meetings? Rapunzel has a fear of heights.

Have fun.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Five Random Sentences

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday’s exercise is writing a story. 

Today, I thought it would be fun to take five sentences and put them together into a story. Overall, try to make the piece 1,500 words and spread these out across the whole thing.

The five sentences are:

. He would believe me. I would make sure of it. 

. The pineapples in my grandmother’s house had a mind of their own. 

. Is it just me or did the cat just speak to me. 

. I was getting really tired of this rush hour traffic. 

. Ben knew that robbing the bank was a risk but one he needed to take. 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Spooky Times

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayIt’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction. 

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.

Halloween is just around the corner and so the prompt is spooky themed. 

Imagine you are a ghost in a haunted house. You are scared of everything and anything.

It’s 31st October. This is your least favourite day. This is the day people won’t leave you alone.

Write a conversation between the ghost and someone who is trick or treating.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: From The First To The Last

Novel Kicks Writing RoomWhen you first decide to write a book, we are told that beginnings and endings are important but how you get from one to the other is what keeps a reader interested.

For today’s exercise, use the following line to start (or use one from one of your favourite novels.)

“From the beginning, she was in love with him.”

Write it at the top of the page.

Then, write the following last line at the bottom of the page;

“She couldn’t move. She just continued to hold the knife.”

(Again, feel free to use an ending from a favourite novel as long as it’s different to the one the first line came from.)

Using about 1,500 words, fill in the middle from your first line to the last.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: New Worlds

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayIt’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction. 

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.

You have a chance to step into your favourite fictional world with the author who created it.

Do you have a good time or is the author hard to be around?

Write about an incident that happens whilst inside the book.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Twenty Questions

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday, the writing room will be looking at getting to know your character by having a game of twenty questions with them using the questions below. Not everything you write has to end up in your novel but it will give you a better overall knowledge of them and how they would feel and react to things.

1. What do they look like?

2. What do they like to do to socialize?

3. How was their childhood?

4. One thing that really embarrasses them?

5. What group did they belong to at school?

6. What did they want to do when they grew up and what do they actually do for a job as an adult?

7. Name ten songs that are currently on their playlist?

8. Do they drink, smoke, take drugs?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Free Write Exercise

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If you have a subject and character in mind, feel free to write about that or you can use the prompt I’ve included below.

The story just needs to include dialogue, a proper conclusion and be no more than 1,500 words.

The prompt… 

Your main character is in his sixties. He has been in the circus since he was sixteen making his way up the ranks to being the boss.

The circus has just arrived in a new town.

One of the younger staff members gets ill and needs to go to the hospital. A routine blood test reveals something that your character has wanted to keep secret.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Decisions Decisions

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFiction 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.

You are at a three way fork in the road. You can go left, right or straight ahead. There is no option to go back the way you came.

One road involves a journey into a dense forest that is said to be haunted.

One road will involve a pack of wild wolves which is the animal you are most afraid of.

The last road is said to pass a community of witches and magic.

You don’t know which road is which but all of them eventually lead to the information you need to get home.

Pick a path as your setting and just start writing.

Have fun!

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Combining Characters

Novel Kicks Writing RoomFor today’s writing room, I thought it would be fun to combine characters that up until this point have had nothing to do with one another.

Write a short piece of fiction (max. 1,500) involving your favourite hero/heroine and your favourite villain.

They don’t need to be from the same original story.

A couple of suggestions: Pip from Great Expectations and President Snow from The Hunger Games, Elizabeth Bennett and Voldermort.

The characters meet under stressful circumstances and begin a conversation.

How do they react in this environment? How do they react to one another?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: It’s the Seasons

fiction fridayFiction 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: It’s the seasons…

The four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter all get together for their annual meeting/catch up.

One of them is carefree and is always late, one of them is miserable, one of them has OCD and the last one has won a lot of money.

Which season is which is up to you but write a conversation between the four of them.

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