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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Using Photos For Inspiration

Novel Kicks Writing RoomThis week, we are going to look again at characters you could potentially include in a novel.

Find a photo (an old family one or if it’s easier, one from the internet. There needs to be at least three people in it.)

Look at each individual person, list the following about them;

Ten characteristics.

Five hobbies.

Five likes and dislikes.

Ten things that they would own.

Do any of these people have similarities with any of the characters you are trying to develop?

Add anything to your notes that might be relevant.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Secondary Character Development

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Pick a secondary character from your work in progress

Write down five things that have happened in their lives that have been significant. Be as specific as you can. Once you’re done, expand on the event that you are most drawn to. You can use a character in your favourite book if you’d prefer. When expanding on this event, also note down how this has impacted on your plot.

For example, in my work in progress, there is a character named Maggie. She’s the mother of my main character, Carrie.

Significant event – husband left her with two children.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Being The Smartest Person in the Room

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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 getting what you want and the consequences. 

You wake up to find that you are the smartest person in the world which will allow you to get everything that you want. Fame, money, power. However, nothing is free. When someone gets luck, someone isn’t so lucky. Write from both perspectives with the two characters meeting up at the end.

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Writing Room: Write Every Day For a Week.

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It can be hard to get into the routine of writing and usually if there is a lot going on, for me, the writing time is the first thing to get pushed to one side (which is not good.)

So, this is the best excuse to buy a new notebook and pen (if you’ve not already got one.)

Using the five prompts below, write for ten minutes every day. Don’t stop, don’t edit, just write. At the end of the week, do you have anything that could be developed further? Are there two days or more days that could be combined to make a better idea?

Tuesday: You are led into a room where a person sits behind a desk with their back to you.

Wednesday – You are on a game show where the stakes are more than just winning money.

Thursday – You run into your first love on the day you are getting married.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: The Secret Mission

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 is about that secret mission.

You are carrying on your day as you normally do. You get up, have breakfast at the usual time and leave at 8.30am exactly.

However, as you pull out of your driveway, your car gets stopped by a black sports car. The passenger window opens.

‘Get in,’ says the stranger.

From there, you get pulled into a secret mission by accident and are forced to make up a new identity on the spot. Go!

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Interview Questions and Answers

Novel Kicks Writing RoomFor today’s writing group exercise, you’ll be interviewing your character.

Create a bunch of interview questions for one of your characters – general CV stuff but also personal questions like likes, dislikes, fears etc.

Do this for a character you’re currently working on or if you’ve not got a character who is suitable, create one named Bob James.

Now interview your character, asking them these questions. It’s interesting to see how your character will answer.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Descriptive Alphabet

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On a piece of A4 paper, write the alphabet down the left side of the page. Leave enough room between letters to write a little glossary.

Now, look around the room you are in and fill in each letter with an object you can see.

Once you’ve done that, give each object a description. Give as much detail as you can in the small space you have.

You could also do another alphabet but this time, you could make up the objects and then descriptions for them.

 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Eavesdrop

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 gives you permission to eavesdrop.

Writers are good observers. Throughout today, try to catch people’s conversations. Write down any snippets that you find funny, outrageous or inspire something.

Once you have five, use them all in a fiction piece that begins with the following sentence:

‘I couldn’t believe she did it. I mean, the nerve.’

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Use That Song

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 is all about using song titles.

Use the song titles below in your piece of writing that begins with the line, ‘What do you know about it?’

The song titles are:

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Respect.

Thriller.

Can’t Stop The Feeling.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Sliding Doors

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Today’s prompt is going to ask what if?

Put your character in a situation where they have to make a split decision. Do they or do they not get on a specific train or bus? Do they decide to go out or stay in? Do or don’t they post an important letter or send an urgent e-mail. The situation can be anything you like.

Write two pieces. The first is if they did something and the second is from the point of view of if they didn’t do something – for example, the consequences for getting on and not getting on a train. How do the situations differ?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Editing

Novel Kicks Writing RoomFor today’s exercise, I thought we could look at editing. 

This is one of the most important parts of the process. This is a chance to tidy and polish your piece of writing before it goes on to an editor or an agent.

How do you like to approach the process? Do you like to wait for a first draft or edit as you go?

Write a piece of fiction no more than seven hundred and fifty words. Start it using this sentence, ‘The front door was black with a copper horseshoe knocker.’

Once you are done, try to put it away for a couple of days.

When you are ready to come back to it, edit it down to five hundred words. Then, once you’re happy with it, pass it on to someone you trust for feedback.

How was it? Did you find it a simple process? An enjoyable one? Quite difficult?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Alternative Realities

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.

For today’s prompt, it is a chance to look at an alternative reality.

Pick an important event from history – maybe from an era you’re particularly interested in. Now question what reality would be like if that event didn’t happen the way it did.

What if Mary Queen of Scots became Queen instead of Elizabeth? What if someone else started and won World War I?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Freaky Friday

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 has a mothers theme.

As it is Mother’s Day at the weekend, I thought I’d set today’s prompt around the relationship between child and mother.

Most of us know the film, Freaky Friday where the mother and daughter swap places with one another. Write your own version of Freaky Friday. You could make up the setting and scenario from scratch or you could use a memory of your own from when you were a child. You could also you a situation you’ve had with your child.

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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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