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.

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.

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Muse Monday [5]

  • Use this dialogue: “So that’s what you are.”

 

  • The sun did not set.  It fell.

 

  • A thick fog sits heavily on your setting before dawn. How does this change the place? How your character views it/interacts with it?

 

  • Write a meal scene. Is your character eating with their family? Is it around a table? In front of a tv? In the seat of a car?

 

  • Today’s music: “Nocturne” by Blanco White

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 [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 [2]

  • When was the last time your character felt guilty?
  • If your character was telling their life story to a loved one or friend or anyone at all, what would they lie about?
  • Do a search (on Google or Tumblr or wherever you like finding stuff) for art or photographs of abandoned places. Now write what made them that way.
  • What keeps your character up at night?
  • This week’s music: Spaceship Landing’s self-titled debut album

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 [1]

  • Everyone has a place they would prefer to never go back to.  What sensory information brings your character back to that place?  Write a scene where the character is reminded of that place because of sensory input. For example: the way the Autumn leaves crunch underfoot, the smell of damp pine needles, etc.
  • A normal event goes sideways.  There are many parts of the day we– and our characters– can put on autopilot.  Take one of these events and force your character to get out of autopilot.
  • Having your character look in the mirror as a way to describe them is overdone, and just about every writing advice site I’ve seen says do not do it. But what if your character looks in the mirror, and what they see looking back is not them?
  • How does your character keep track of what is going on in their life? Do they write in a journal? Use Google Calendar?  Keep voice recorded notes?  Write an entry.
  • This week’s music: “The Hidden Map” by Bear McCeary, from Da Vinci’s Demons Season 1

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.