Almost two years ago, I sat down and started writing plot points to this story idea I had. It turned into 49 short sentences and dialogue passages. Those 49 points were fleshed out into the original full draft in a total of 15 days during 2012 NaNoWriMo. After working on other projects for a few months, I pulled out that draft and started editing. Now, those 49 quick points put on five pages of notebook paper have become a book. I still can’t believe that Swallow has come as far as it has. This seemed like such an impossible goal to reach even at the beginning of this year. And now I don’t only have Swallow published, but The Openers as well. This has been an exiting year and I feel like it’s a great start to my writing career.
Day 1 – Write a biography of your life. Use only a seven word sentence.
Day 2 – Create a character. Write a brief scene of them in a setting. Also use this paragraph to introduce the character to the reader by how they react to their setting.
Day 3 – Think about the character you created for Day 2. Write their seven word biography.
Day 4 – What world does your character exist in? Real or imagined? Scientific? Fantastical? Write a scene where your character is shown in their world.
Day 5 – Your character is getting ready in the morning. Write a scene of their morning (or even mid day) routine.
Day 6 – How was your characters childhood? Write a scene about them as a child. How was their home life? Their family? Their upbringing? Where did they grow up? What friends did they have?
Day 7 – FREE DAY! Write any scene you want!
Day 8 – What about their earlier school days? Write a scene of your character in grade school or middle school.
Day 9 – How was your characters first kiss? Who with? Where was it? How old were they? Write the scene.
Day 10 – Your character has dreams, ambitions, and goals don’t they? What are they? What are they doing to achieve them? Write a scene that shows these aims.
Day 11 – What does your character do on a daily basis? What is their job? Do they have one? Write a scene from a normal day in your characters life.
Day 12 – What does your character do when their day isn’t a normal day? Write a scene where something goes amiss in your characters day to day life.
Day 13 – Your character has a whole day off to do whatever they want. Write a scene of them enjoying this free day.
Day 14 – FREE DAY! Write any scene you want!
Day 15 – Your character is upset. What about? How does it affect them? Does anyone come to comfort them? Write a scene where your character is distraught.
Day 16 – Your character is going on a trip. Where to? Who with, if anyone? Why are they going on a trip? Write a scene of them either getting ready or departing on their journey.
Day 17 – Your character has fallen in love. With who? Is it serious? Are they in a relationship with this person? How did they meet? Write a scene of your character either contemplating this significant other or directly interacting with them.
Day 18 – Your character has a conversation with an influential person in their life. It can be a parent, a teacher, a mentor, anyone your character looks up to. Why are they having the conversation? Write the scene.
Day 19 – Today is a day that will change your characters life forever. What course of events occurs? How does your character react? Write a scene from this day.
Day 20 – Your character is in a new place. What brought them there? Why are they there? How are they reacting to this change of scenery? Write a scene of your character in this new place.
Day 21 – FREE DAY! Write any scene you want!
Day 22 – Today is the end of an era in your characters life. How do they feel about this? What is happening today? Write a scene of your character on this day.
Day 23 – Write a scene between your character and another character of your choice (whether brought up previously in other scenes or not) using only dialogue. This setting and situation is up to you, but you cannot use descriptive exposition, only dialogue.
Day 24 – Write, in second person, a dream your character I having. Whether it be a nightmare or something happier, describe the dream in its entirety.
Day 25 – Today, your character is saying goodbye to someone. Who are they saying goodbye to? Why? Are they emotional? Are they going away or is the other person? Write the scene.
anybody read this?
i didn’t pick it to read right nownah i totes had a change mind so yeah i am reading it, but some input would be kind of nice because, well, it seems a tad odd
the way it’s set up
it was mentioned quite a few times in my internet perusing, and a lot of people were talking about how long/hard (i’ve been reading for 7 months…) of a read it is so of course i had to buy it
and i mean, it’s a big book, gotta be at least 500 pages (i didn’t check) but
let me show you
any input you can give me on what i’m getting myself into here would be cool
This is the best book i have ever read, it took months to read it and i couldnt even finish it the second time round, i seriously recomend it though
This book is the bomb. It is awesome. It is terrifying. I haven’t yet had the leisure to just read the bloody thing start to finish, but it’s one of those books that you’re reading all haha this isn’t scary and then you look up and the walls are closing in around you and your hallway may or may not be there it might be stretching it might be shrinking it might be nice to close that door now. I went to the 7-11 to get a snack in the middle of reading this book. All the shelves had been rearranged. Nothing was where I left it. It scared the shit out of me, I had to take some very deep breaths here. And you would know why if you read this book, which could be catalogued as ‘architectural horror’.
- me: *owns 264 unread books*
- me: *buys 17 new books*
- me: *rereads harry potter*
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