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

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Muse Monday [4]

  • Take a scene you have been having trouble with, or just doesn’t quite feel right. Now rewrite it from an entirely different point of view.

 

  • What past event haunts your character? (Or, what upcoming event is sure to haunt them?)

 

  • Start with the line: He never thought he would see dawn again.

 

  • Your character has been drifting.

 

  • This week’s music: “Be True” by Abel Korzeniowski from the Penny Dreadful OST

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.

For a stream of inspiring artwork, quotes, and articles, visit relentlessmuse.tumblr.com.

For updates from the writer about the site and life in general, visit @RelentlessMuse on Twitter.

Muse Monday [3]

  • Every place has normal sounds that go with it. What kind of sounds are in your character’s home? Their workplace?

 

  • Take a place that your character frequents. Now write a regular day at that place, from someone else’s point of view (or from the place’s point of view as a more omniscient piece).

 

  • Who does your character miss? What situation made them part ways with your character?

 

  • Think about what climate your story exists in. Is it frozen tundra? Tropical island? Desert? How does this affect the story you are telling? Would the story you are telling not change if you changed the climate, and what can you do to signal the place’s importance?

 

  • This week’s music: “Blood on my Name” by the Brothers Bright

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.

For a stream of inspiring artwork, quotes, and articles, visit relentlessmuse.tumblr.com.

For updates from the writer about the site and life in general, visit @RelentlessMuse on Twitter.