Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Ready, Set, NaNo!

stopwatch graphicIn just a few, short days it will be November. For those planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that means it’s time to commit to putting words on the page, every day, for 30 days at least.

What better way to kick off the NaNo season than with some Writing Sprints.   Think of it as a dress-rehearsal for your daily writing practice.

Before we all head off to our individual writing projects, let’s stretch our creativity with a few minutes of one of my favorites: Random Word Improv.  You may remember we did this a few weeks ago with some very amusing results (check the post out here).

As a reminder, here’s how to play:

  1. Pick three words from the list of random words below (more if you’re feeling creative)
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

Here’s a list of random words from a randomly selected random word generator:

tongue                 helicopter           medicine             dismember                        

landscape            zebra                     sex                         practical              

weasel                  bliss                       dignitary              fracture

hairy                      crocodile              doormat              crimson

bald                       lottery                  cholera                 poetry

Ready? Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.

Now that you’re all warmed up, time to start sprinting.

As a reminder, the goal is to flex your writing skills and to jump start your creativity. It’s all about getting words on the page, not getting the perfect words on the page, so pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.

  1. Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
  2. Write
  3. When you’re done, note your progress in the comments  (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)
  4. Rinse and repeat

I hope to see some fun creative efforts and good word counts in the comments to motivate my own efforts.

For those of you planning to participate in NaNo, you can find me there as “InvisibleBetty”.

Happy writing to all.

21 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Ready, Set, NaNo!

  1. Interesting list, Elizabeth. Hmmm. I won’t have time to play until later, but I’ll be marinading those words all day. Can’t wait to see what other people come up with!

  2. Dismembered by a helicopter and becoming a crimson doormat for your own employees, wow. I don’t think that’s how Timothy James Bartleby, the third, planned to celebrate his new e-SMART building and multi-billion government contract.

    Wow, I guess I needed that this morning, Thanks.

      • You caught me awake this morning! I was hoping to have more down for my story outline. But at least someone is having a worse day than I am. Poor Mr. Bartleby.

        • (Evil smile) Bartleby probably deserved it! Any CEO who can’t duck helicopter blades is just asking for it. (My goodness, that was a surprise, too! I’m not normally that judgemental. I feel for Bartleby’s fiancee. She’s not going to get the mega-bucks a widow would, and she really put up with quite a lot during their long courtship.)

  3. Jimmy the Weasel stood stony-faced, relegated to doormat status as the clean-cut kid with the single-breasted suit and hundred-dollar haircut settled into Jimmy’s chair at The Boss’s right hand. The Boss was glued to the basketball, as usual, but the little worm even used that, pointing at the screen to push his plan.

    Jimmy held his tongue as the bullshit flowed. Helicopter view. Economic landscape. What was it with kids these days? No booze, no sex, no getting their hands dirty. No idea of even the basics: fracture, dismember, dispose of the evidence.

    On screen, the action heated up. The whistle blew once, and again. The old man’s expression turned to thunder and the kid started to gabble. “I don’t know,” he whined, as a third player joined the first two on the bench. “The ref doesn’t seem to know the rules.”

    The Boss snapped his fingers.

    Splash! The crocodile tank roiled and settled, slick with crimson.

    Something else they didn’t teach ‘em at business school. If the result matters, find yourself a crooked zebra.

  4. Sex with a dignitary is always an impractical affair; if he’s a weasel, he wants too much tongue and if he’s more the snaky type, he wants contortions.

    Good lord, I have no idea where that came from. LOL, Happy Halloween! My dear Bunny has been contemplating how a young woman can get by in a man’s world in 1890, but she’s not gotten to the point where she’s having sex with the ambassador. Maybe she should!

    • Nice work, Micki, I like it! I love Our Girl’s blend of experience and attitude, plus four ‘random’ words.

      Bunny’s a photographer, right? Maybe she should start a lucrative sideline in naughty postcards and split the profits with her models 😉 . Or she could get frisky with the ambassador!

      • (-: I have her doing baby pictures and that sort of thing on the side. I never thought about the naughty shots. She’d have friends who might be interested in sharing the profits . . . . The problem is, I’m afraid she’d be successful and give up the harder work I’ve got in store for her, LOL.

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