NaNoWriMo 2013 – Writing Challenges – Day 14

NaNoWriMo Day 14 Challenges

Word Challenge:  proselytize

Definition:  To convert (someone) to another religion, belief, and so on

 Theme Challenge: Faltering Faith

 Religion and belief, or the lack thereof, often plays a significant role in someone’s life. Explore what happens when someone’s beliefs are challenged – and they fail to maintain their faith.

Plot Challenge:  Mixing Religion & Politics

 Many people say mixing religion and politics is among one of the worst things you can do. Prove it. One of your characters should get caught in a battle royal between strong supporters of conflicting religious and political groups. Explore the consequences of this clash on outsiders to the groups.

Involve your antagonist is this clash.

Character Challenge:  The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

 Every group of people, be it a religious organization, a political party, or even kids in a baseball team have those who are good at what they do, bad at what they do, and uncertain of their role in the whole thing. Put three people who fall into these categories in a position where their beliefs or skills are challenged.

Explore how three different types of people can react to the same situation.

Conflict Challenge:  When the right choice has the worst consequences

One of your main characters finds out that one of their best friends has been participating in a very unsavory activity. (This can be anything ranging from theft to murder or any other foul deed you can think of.)

The obvious right choice is to turn them in. However, should they do so, they will lose their friend – and that person will face long-term incarceration.

Pursue how the right decision is often the hardest one to have to make.

Fun & Games: Water Balloon Fight

 Kinds decide to have a little fun at your characters’ expense. Your characters decide that instead of lying there and taking the water balloons without a fight, they will jump into the childish fray.

Even abused characters need to have some fun!

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