Writing Prompts

Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: People Watching

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.

People watch for ten minutes.

Once you’ve spotted someone who interests you (without making it obvious you’re studying them and being in danger of looking all creepy, hahahahaha,) write about them.

What has their day been like so far? Who are they? Where are they going? What do they look like?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Free Writing

Today, I thought we could keep it nice and simple and do some free writing. 

I like this kind of exercise as you never know what is going to come out of it.

Set the alarm for ten minutes. Start writing and don’t stop. See if you can get to five hundred words in that ten minutes.

Just in case you need a little inspiration, I have posted some prompts below.

Enjoy.

 

Prompt 1: 

With a deep breath, she opens the box. 

 

Prompt 2: 

The music started and he knew he couldn’t do it. 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: First Line

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.

Today’s prompt: Your character is in their 50’s. Single and they don’t have any friends. With this information in mind, use the line below to begin your story.

‘He wanted her job, and it would be easy enough to discredit her.’

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: The Whimsical Fairy

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.

Today’s prompt: a whimsical fairy. 

Your character is a fairy who is, well, away with the fairies in her/his own little world. They have earned their wings but on their final warning.

Your setting is a secret room in a library. In this room, there are boxes filled with…..

Continue the story.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Free Writing

For our writing group today, it’s a bit of free writing.

I have started a story below. Writing for a minimum of five minutes, continue the story. You can either keep the current POV or maybe carry it on using the point of view of the person being followed?

Have fun.

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I watch from the other side of the road whilst she waits in line for her coffee. She hasn’t spotted me. Her head is looking down at the phone in her hand; a small smile plays on her lips as her fingers fly across the screen.

I wonder who makes her smile like that. An agonising feeling of jealousy rises but I quickly try and brush it aside. I need to keep my focus. I am so close.

I come out of the shadows and begin to follow her when I see her finally leaving the busy coffee shop, almost loosing her in the crowds of people on the pavement. I keep my distance, careful not to be seen.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Plotting and Timelines

Plotting and timelines. 

I am fast realising that I am one of these writers that has to know what is happening in my story; the experiences of National Novel Writing Month has taught me this.

I have been finding this method below quite helpful in plotting my story. This is something I have featured before but thought it worth revisiting.

Grab either a pad of Post-It notes (author Julie Cohen swears by Post-It notes) or some bits of paper and write out all of the current plot points for your current work in progress; all the things you have so far (and don’t worry if you don’t have the end yet. Neither do I.)

Also, if you aren’t currently working on anything, as always, you could pick a published story.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: What’s in the Cupboard?

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.

Today’s prompt: 

You are sitting in a chair when your child comes up and sits next to you. Out of nowhere, your child looks at you and says…

‘Daddy/Mummy, who is that in the cupboard upstairs and why are they sleeping when it’s not bed time?’

Begin with the above sentence.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Speaking Differently

Today, I wanted to focus on the various speaking styles of characters. I

Each character needs to have their own specific voice.

Write two pages of dialogue.

One character only speaks in short sentences whilst your other character is a bit more of a chatterbox. They speak in longer sentences.

Has this achieved two distinctive voices?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Different Orders

This week, I wanted to focus on how moving plot events around, you can change/improve the story. 

Write down the following four plot points, each on a separate piece of paper. Put them into a jar or a hat and take them back out one at a time, lining them up.

This is the new order for the story. Write your own version using this order.

Cinderella is told she can’t go to the ball.

Cinderella meets the Prince.

Cinderella loses her shoe. 

Cinderella gets married. 

How does the story change once you’ve moved it around?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Connecting Memories

Today, I thought we could try and connect three seemingly unrelated memories.

Write about three separate memories. These can be yours or they could belong to someone else.

Each one should be about fifty words.

Once you’ve done that, try and connect these three unrelated memories into one coherent story.

Three memories I have thought of off the top of my head are my Mum and Grandfather teaching me to ride my bike, My Grandmother’s first day of senior school and the day I got married.

Is what you’ve written something that could be used for a bigger project?

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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: 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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