Start Your Novel Today!

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Got a great story to tell? November is National Novel Writing Month and the perfect time to start writing your masterpiece.

Also known as NaNoWriMo, this initiative focuses on quantity over quality. The goal is to write a 175 page / 50,000 word novel in one month. It may sound like a lot, but if you write just 6 pages a day you can do it. Too often we either don’t start a creative project, because it seems too large, or because we continually edit our work and never end up finishing it. This is an opportunity to simply create without censoring our output.

  • Sign up to write your novel during NaNoWriMo.

Writer’s Quote

Develop your interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with richer treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

– – – Henry Miller

  • How can you forget yourself to enhance your creativity?

Online Magnetic Poetry

If you’ve ever played magnetic poetry on your refrigerator, then you will love the online version. It’s a great way to jump start creative thinking when you are blocked.

  • Try the artist version or any of the others for inspiration.

Write it Down

Do you have a notebook for catching great ideas? If not, why not? Inspiration strikes all the time, especially if you are incubating an idea. If you don’t catch it right away it may be gone for good.

  • Find more ways to record your ideas here.

I Write, Therefore I Am

I admit I have never been much of the creative writing type. I tend to explore myself more through the visual arts. But since my creative exploration began, stepping into the foray of writing has been more appealing, and even more so, since I have found a lively writing workshop to attend. Stepping into my first meeting was really like stepping into the unknown for me. Luckily, I was greeted by a friendly group of fellow creative explorers.

The rules are simple: No Harsh Criticism and No Rationalizations

We begin our writing based on the leader’s prompt: SPARKLING. Ok, I think to myself. I can do this. I can write for 10 minutes in stream of consciousness mode then read it aloud to a group of strangers, I only just met 5 minutes ago. My thoughts immediately turn to Christmas and the plethora of lights, trees, and ornaments all sparkling, that surround us at this time of the year. But then I become more contemplative, and write about the emotions that the holidays spark. Before I know it, time is up and I made it through.

When it comes time to read my piece, I do so in an expressive way that brings out my emotions. Several comments are made that my piece is “beautiful” and “fitting for the season.” The leader even asks if I have written much before because she like the essay format I used and thinks that it could be expanded and possibly submitted for publication. I admit that it is “my first foray.”

Try some of these writing prompts on your own:

  • Write your obituary. List your life’s accomplishments. Write it 50 years into the future
  • Write a 200-word description of a place. You can use any and all sensory descriptions but sight: you can describe what it feels like, smells like and even tastes like.
  • Try to remember your earliest childhood memory and re-write it from another perspective