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NaNoWriMo - The Challenges
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:16:38 PM »
Do you have trouble finishing Nano each year? No? Just me? Well screw you, noone asked your opinion. Wait, what do you mean I did? Okay so I did, but we're getting off topic.

I'm going to try tricking myself into finishing this year. Recently, while gaming, I've started doing what I call challenge runs, for example, only one gun allowed, no hoarding items, only use negative speech options. Well long story short, thus year I'll be doing a nano challenge run. Each day I'll be using the dice function to randomly pick one of the following thirty challenges. The challenge will have to be completed by the end of that days word count, which I will class as the average amount of words to write per day to hit 50k in time, eg 1666 on day 1, 2000 if I have 10000 words left on day 25.

The challenges will be:

Include the travelling shovel of death.
Write double your daily target
Write half you daily target
Think of a character. Think of a second character. [Spoiler]The first character punches the second. Why?[/spoiler]
Reference something from todayís news.
Listen to music that contrasts the intended tone of the piece while writing.
Use the words fish, unilateral, and eighty four thousand. Bonus points for in the same sentence.
Donít use any character names.
Only use character names. No pronouns allowed.
Reveal something about your character that you just made up on the spot.
Make a support character realise something important. Your main character doesnít believe them for at least 400 words.
Someone falls over.
Include a quote from your favourite song. Directly including it as song lyrics is cheating, work it into the prose.
Break a personal writing rule.
Make a character say something they wouldnít normally.
If you have an animal character, have them show up unexpectedly. If you donít, make an animal steal something and run off.
Reference sports somehow
No connectives.
Write one quarter of your target as one long sentence. (For the love of Tome, come back and edit it later.
Write 1,666 words exactly. Make your last word finish a scene.
Explore a childhood memory of your character. Flashbacks are forbidden.
Tell the entire dayís wordcount from a different  perspective.
Include a cameo appearance from a character of yours from a different story.
One of your characters is upset for the whole wordcount.
Donít use the letter t.
At least 50% of the wordcount must be scenery.
Make socks an important feature.
No adjectives.
Write 100 words of the wrong story. Include it anyway.
Have a character eating something. Bonus points for making it weird.

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Re: NaNoWriMo - The Challenges
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 08:07:48 PM »
Sounds like a really interesting challenge there. I am also attempting NaNo again. Last year i got to 45k...was so close. This year 50k is the aim  8)

Best of luck to you  :coolthumb:

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Re: NaNoWriMo - The Challenges
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2016, 08:18:24 PM »
Haha these sound good. I have something similar - my panic jar. In case of emergency, smash. 30 quick and dirty prompts to try and get the words going if I find myself staring blankly at the screen for too long.

My personal challenge this year is the return of Operation 12K/12Hours. Pretty simple - up your wordcount by 12k in 12 hours. I managed it in 2013 but I didn't have a job back then. My writing time is much more limited these days (damn you, adulting!!  :shakefist: ).

Luckily, November 12th falls on a Saturday, which seems like the perfect day! So I'm (un)officially declaring 12/11/16 to be 12K/12Hours day, and inviting all of you to join me in this demented, masochistic effort. Huzzah!

EDIT: OMG   :laugh1: I just saw the one about the Travelling Shovel of Death. That dark and mysterious stranger that makes its way into so many tales this time of year. I'll have to remember to find an appropriate role for it in this year's effort.
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