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I know. Silly title. But at the moment, that’s all my brain can do, come up with quick and silly titles!

As most of you know, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo once again. I have been reading a lot of the posts in the various Facebook NaNoWriMo groups to which I belong. A lot of people need a push or a shove in the direction of finding some words. So this is for them and this is for YOU. Yes, you.

Below are some words, phrases, etc., that are meant to introduce a situation, character, sub plot, etc., into your writing. They may also be good ideas for blogging topics. My advice is to copy/paste them into a new document then add some spacing (maybe triple?) then print them out, cut them into strips and put them in envelopes, or into a jar where you can grab one at random. Sometimes it may take two or three together to get you going in another direction that can help your writing ideas. I hope you find something you can use!

right before my eyes

he/she was the stranger he/she would never forget

nothing but a broken umbrella

the loneliest meal

different kind of dream

being young

love moods

lonely in that way

down the flight of stairs

the hospital chapel

the bread had turned purple

the little things

he didn’t remember

if I had known

it wasn’t until

no one would understand

stop me, please

heavy hitter

not exactly best friends


first blush

photo finish

the last bus


personal power

just sitting around

light up the room

If only she hadn’t missed the bus


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National Novel Writitn Month takes place in November of each year. The idea is that you sign up (for free) on the website (nanowrimo.org) and you challenge yourself to write a novel in thirty days, beginning on November 1 and ending on November 30. The novel length is a 50,000 word count which is actually more of a novella than a novel. It is a challenge and it is fun.

Last year I participated in it for the first time. It was a challenge I made to myself and although I had nothing to gain or lose by completing the challenge or not completing it, it meant a lot to me. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it; that I could focus on the project and complete it.

I reached 51,565 words in the early afternoon of day 21! Although I wasn’t finished with the complete novel, I had reached my goal and I was able to settle down, relax, and have a pleasant Thanksgiving with my kids, three days later. After Thanksgiving, I tackled it again and ended up with about 59,000 and a completed story by midnight of November 30. (more…)

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