Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Welcome to the end of another week.  For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year, it’s day #12 and–if you are on target–you now have about 20,000 words on the page.


This can be the part of NaNoWriMo when things get a bit more challenging.  That initial burst of excitement has passed, the ideas you may have started with are now on the page, and your story may have taken a turn you weren’t expecting.  Hopefully the momentum and consistent writing practice you’ve built these first weeks will carry you through to the end.  Good luck to all, regardless of how many words you wind up with.

For those not participating in NaNoWriMo, or for those who are wondering “what’s for dinner?”, today (November 12th) is also “National  Pizza with the Works (except anchovies) Day” and “National French Dip Day”–take your choice.  I do have to wonder what anchovies did to get themselves specifically excluded from the pizza–perhaps they have their own day.

I don’t know if pizza and French dip are on the agenda for me today, but I do know getting words on the page is.  Today’s writing prompt and random words will be 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:   Changing Seasons

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

fever                beehive             switch             electric

natural            fence                 contrast          phonograph

herb                 goodbye            forage            calendar

bounce             game                 cold               breathless

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!

2 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

  1. Not 20,000 words, but nearly 9,000. Mind you, my target is slightly more modest – only 20,000 words in total, and when I looked at my manuscript, I was a tad surprised at how much I had written.

    I’ve been subject to the ‘motivational’ emails of NaNoWriMo (or nagging, depending on your mood) but that dratted progress tracker does really hook into you!

    Good luck to everyone sticking with it!

    • Hi Sara. 9,000 words is great. I know what you mean about those “motivational emails” and the progress tracker. There is nothing like seeing a message that “at your current pace, you’ll reach 50,000 words in February” to get one motivated to write just a few more words each session.

      Continued good luck to you.

Let Us Know What You Think

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s