NaNoWriMo Muse Monday: Beginnings

For the first Monday of November, our Muse Monday prompts are focusing on beginnings. For those of us doing NaNoWriMo, we should be around 8,335 words into our project by the end of the day, well into the First Act of the project.  These prompts are here to help you think about what is going on, and how you can keep those words flowing.

  1. What would happen if your character did not answer the call to action? Could someone else replace them? Does the world change for it? Does the character resist the call at first, and make the situation worse?
  2. Stakes can drive a story. What is at stake in your story? What does the character risk losing if they don’t answer the call? What do they risk losing if they do?
  3. What folktales or myths does your character (and their community) believe in? How does that change the way the character responds to the call to action? How the community responds to the main character?
  4. Does your character have a mentor? Is this the stereotypical older wizened man, or someone less expected? How does the mentor help the character progress the story?
  5. Who does your character rely on? Can they be relied on for this situation?
  6. How does your character solve problems? Do they think about problems while doing other mundane tasks like the laundry? Do they bounce ideas off another person they trust? Write, step by step, how your character figures something out.
  7. Is there an antagonist or villain in this story in direct opposition to your protagonist? How is their influence shown in the First Act of your story? Are they shown as a threat? How is their antagonistic presence revealed to the reader? Is the antagonist of Act 1 the antagonist of the entire story, or a symptom to a larger problem?

An hour of music to write to:


This week’s Muse Monday was written by Victor Tackett. To submit writing prompts of your own, send us a message at therelentlessmuse@gmail.com. We publish a block of 5 writing prompts, 4 text and 1 song, every Monday.

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NaNoWriMo and the Muse

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is fast approaching. For those who don’t know what it is, NaNo is 30 days of literary abandon, where writers from all over the world sit down to write 50,000 words of a novel first draft.  This happens every November, and people get together to share writing community, trials, tribulations, and successes, all during the month.

To find out more about the event, visit the NaNoWriMo website and sign up! It’s entirely free, and maybe you can find your next writing group because of it.

What does this mean for the Relentless Muse, though?

During the month of November, Muse Monday posts are going to be a little bit different. Our regular format is 4 random writing prompts and 1 song to write to. For NaNoWriMo, we are going to be doing 7 writing prompts, one for each day, focused specifically on what part of the writing process potential participants will be at.  There will, of course, still be a song (or playlist) to write to.  And lastly, there will be a wordcount update, both what the goal is for the day to keep on course for NaNo, and my own personal wordcount.

7 prompts, 1 playlist, and a wordcount update, every week in November.

If you want to contribute to the Relentless Muse Blog, contact us at therelentlessmuse@gmail.com or send us a DM on Twitter!  Right now we are just accepting submissions for writing prompts, but in the near future (after the November rush), we’ll be doing some new things as well.

Happy Writing,

Victor