Writing Prompts

Novel Kicks Writing Room: The Tunnel

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There are two characters in your story. Gender, age, relationship to one another as well as the reason they are standing at the start of a tunnel is up to you.

Set the timer for ten minutes and write in the first person from the point of view of one of the characters. Include setting and dialogue.

Once that is done, set the timer again and write the same scene again but as an internal monologue of the other character. How do they differ? How was writing from different point of view? Was one easier than the other?

Have fun!

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Adding Another Aspect

Novel Kicks Writing RoomAdding another aspect…

I think this following exercise is a very interesting one.

Take your current work in progress or a published novel of your choice.

Add a chapter that isn’t in your original novel outline or included in the book you’ve chosen. Maybe in the middle or the ending you would have preferred. You can add it anywhere as long as it is a completely new aspect to the plot.

Also, as a little extra challenge, add these items in somewhere:

An inflatable Unicorn

A butter knife

A fifty pound note

An old photograph

A padlock

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Strangers on a Train

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: Strangers on a Train… 

Your character boards a train. It’s almost midnight. The character takes a seat and to begin with, is the only person in the carriage.

Your character falls asleep. When they wake up, there are three other people sitting nearby. Strangers who they have never met before.

One of the characters begins to talk to yours.

What happens next. Are they what they seem?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Audition

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Today’s prompt: Audition…

You are instructed to attend an audition. When you get there, you see many people who look a little like you. This is confusing.

When you get into the room, you feel unprepared. It is now that a piece of paper containing lines from a scene is thrust into your hand.

You discover that you’re auditioning to play yourself in a play of your life.

Write about the audition. POV is up to you.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Rooms

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.

Today’s prompt: Rooms.

Your main character is trapped in a circular room. There are five doors. All closed. All different colours.

In front of each door is a person. Each is trying to convince your character that their door is the way out. Four of them are lying as there is only one door that will lead to freedom.

The others hide things that may or may not be good or bad.

Write the scene where your character are talking to the door guards as they try to convince them.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Opposites

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.

Today’s prompt: Opposites

Your first character is a shop assistant. They are making it very clear to everyone around them that they are not happy. They are a pessimist.

The customer is having a wonderful day. They are naturally happy and see joy in everything. They are the optimist.

Write a conversation between these two about the weather.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: On Your Way…

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.

Today’s prompt: On Your Way….

You are asked to leave the only home you’ve ever known. You have no money, no car and the only clothes you have are the clothes you’re wearing plus a blanket you managed to take before you left.

You’re alone. None of your friends want to help or pretend they don’t know you.

Carry on the story.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Strange Shoes

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.

Today’s prompt: In a strange pair of shoes…

You buy a pair of shoes from a charity shop. They look new and like they’ve never been worn.

However, when you wear them, you assume the identity traits of the person who owned them before.

Write about an incident or event that happens.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: One Hundred

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.

Today’s prompt: a one hundred word story. 

Choosing one of the prompts below, write a 100 word story.

September, 1960.

Iceland

A train during a long haul journey.

A car journey with the person you most dislike.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room – Firsts

Novel Kicks Writing RoomSeparating real life and fiction. 

Think of a first in your life. A first kiss, the first holiday, the first argument you had, anything.

Write five hundred words with just facts about the incident. What happened, who was there and the outcome.

Now write it from the point of view of someone else. One of your characters? Add fictional elements this time. Also, how does this new person react to this situation? Any difference?

Like before, write about five hundred words.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: The Things They’ve Seen

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.

Today’s prompt: conversation about the things they’ve seen. 

Your two characters work in an airport baggage inspection office. A few mysterious things have arrived including something that belongs to a celebrity.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Changing The Past

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.

Today’s prompt: 

Your character is walking along and falls, hitting their head.

When they regain consciousness, it doesn’t take long to realise something is off. They’ve gone back in time and have revisited a major event in their life.

It could be only one major event or they could bounce around different times and events. Do they eventually make it back to their current time?

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Blog Tour: Come a Little Closer Writing Challenge

comeclosercoverCome a Little Closer is the new DCI Tom Douglas novel from the fabulous Rachel Abbott and was released by Black Dot Publishing Ltd on 13 February 2018. Today, as part of her blog tour, I have been invited to take part in a writing challenge. 

They will be coming soon. They come every night.

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.

Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.

Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.

These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…

When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die?

Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?

 

Rachel provided the following writing prompt. The challenge was to finish the story. There were also four things we had to include. 

comecloserGemma had been afraid of the dark for as long as she could remember. As a child, she had blamed the cold, ancient house they had lived in – its endless corridors had too many closed doors for people to hide behind, too many secrets concealed in the shadows. But now there was no excuse. Her flat was modern, open, with huge windows.

It made no difference, though. Each night of the long winter months as she stood outside the block, she imagined all the doors she would have to pass before she reached her own, wondering if the lights in the hallway would be working, or whether they would flicker and go out, leaving her blind in the inky black void. Alone with her fear.

Perhaps she had always known that this day would come. She took a deep breath and stepped into the silent entrance, her heels tapping out a warning that she was coming on the polished concrete floor of the long corridor.

Odd snippets of TV shows and murmurs of conversation bled through as she walked down the dimly lit hallway past the identical black doors belonging to her neighbours. Gemma felt a tinge of envy toward the people inside who were getting the chance to live the mundane. Amy in number twenty-three will be putting her baby to bed. Mr Kennedy in number thirty will be sitting down in front of the news about now, a glass of sweet sherry clasped in his hand.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Groundhog Day

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.

As today is 2nd February and is Groundhog Day, today’s prompt is inspired by that.

Your character doesn’t have a very good day. He breaks up with his wife, looses his job and his pet runs away. When he wakes up on what he thinks is the following morning, he finds that there are things which are familiar to him. This is when he starts to re-live the same day but not all the people he interacts with are the same.

What happens on the first and second repeated day?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: What about Bob?

Nove Kicks Writing RoomIt’s story time today.

Your character is called Bob. He likes routine. He likes order and he doesn’t like the unexpected. Bob is the kind of guy who counts his steps on the way to the bus stop and then to his office. He leaves work and counts. He has dinner at the same time every day.
Everything in his life is structured and organised down to the last detail.

One day, he is diverted due to a road closure. He then gets lost. He has not been in this part of town before.

What happens to Bob? You could even put him in a scenario where he walks into a different time or teleports to another place.

Minimum of five hundred words. Have fun with this.

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