Unlock the Muse – July 25, 2018

This week my writing was interrupted by a huge yard sale. My mother needed to clear out her storage unit, so my sisters and I helped her pull it out, sort through it, and put it all out on my lawn for strangers to peruse. It turned out to be a great weekend for yard sales. But not so great for writing. I did, however, make an amazing discovery about my novel in progress that will help me move forward with the story.

Here is your writing prompt for the week:

Write a scene in which you make a minor character vivid through a single quirk or personality trait.

This could be a lot of fun. If it goes well, keep going with the scene. Introduce another minor character and let them interact. Perhaps a new subplot will be born out of this. Or even a spin-off novella.

It’s the final week of Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2018 edition. During week four of any novel writing challenge month, the remaining days might not feel like enough for the remaining word count. But don’t give up! In No Plot? No Problem!, Chris Baty offers this encouragement:

You are on the verge of pulling off something incredible here. You have many more words to write and, given the short time remaining, success may involve hard work. But over these past three weeks you’ve honed all the skills you need to pull this off – to glide over that finish line.

You can do this. Just make the time to write, however much time it takes. Move forward, relentless, determined, confident.

And as you cross these last few miles, savor them. For the pain is almost over, and the celebrations are about to begin.

I will leave you this week with this thought from NaNoWriMo’s founder, Chris Baty:


Happy writing!

Please consider sharing your response to the writing exercise. Got a question? Just ask!

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