Whether you’re a planner or not, there’s one thing every writer will need as they prepare for NaNoWriMo: inspiration. We’ve challenged some of our favorite authors and the NaNo staff to inspire you by sharing what’s inspired them… and challenging you to prepare a specific jumpstart for that inevitable idea drought:
The Inspirer: Lauren Harsma, NaNoWriMo Communications Captain
The Inspiration Sources:
The Jumpstart: Write a short history of your setting, and include something unexpected. Maybe your setting’s high school is a brand new one, recently built and unfamiliar to everyone in the student body. Maybe the family home your main character is reluctantly returning to was one she helped her grandfather build when she was young. Maybe the forest on the edge of town is full of silent, watchful unicorns…
Why This Will Inspire You: The most important thing I try to do when I write is create a new reality. Not necessarily anything drastic—just something strange enough that it can be immediately categorized as fiction.
Nothing screams punk like i’s dotted with hearts.
An entry from my actual diary.
"I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways."