Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy first Friday in November!  For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year, it’s day #5 and–if all is going well–you probably have a bit over 8,000 new words to show for it.  Awesome!  Regardless of how many words you may or may not have, if these past 5 days have motivated you to put any words on the page, that sounds like success.

For those not participating in NaNoWriMo, or for those who are and need a treat, today (November 5th) is also “National  Donut Day”–an observance after my own heart (though not my waistline).

National Donut Day (also known as National Doughnut Day) on November 5th is one of two observed by donut lovers across the nation. The first Friday in June is the other day donuts steal the bakery case spotlight ready to tease their way into white bakery box and go home!  A commonly cited first written recording of the word donut is Washington Irving’s reference to donuts in 1809 in his History of New York. He described balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat. The author called them donuts. Today, these nuts of fried dough are called donut holes.

Whether you call them donuts or doughnuts, they are equally delicious.

I don’t know if I’ll break down and stop by my local bakery for a treat or try to avoid the temptation, but I definitely plan to get some more words on the page.  Today’s writing prompt and random words are a great way to kick things off.

Care to join me?

For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.

If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.


Prompt:   Starting a new project

Feel free to interpret the prompt any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:   

concept        iron               phase               heretic

rabbit           prank           ego                   backward

chisel            lemon           beeswax          homemade

hinge            sweet            delicious          island

I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments.  If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future writing prompts.  Ideas are always welcome.

Happy writing to all!

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