NaNoWriMo 2013 – Writing Challenges – Day 15

NaNoWriMo Day 15 Challenges

Word Challenge:  Delinquent


  • adjective
  • 1: failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
  • 2: (of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
  • 3: of or pertaining to delinquents or delinquency: delinquent attitudes.
  • noun
  • 1: a person who is delinquent.
  • 2: juvenile delinquent.


Theme Challenge:  Running Late

 Some people just never make it on time anywhere. Write about the ongoing impact of this sort of behavior by including a character with this trait. Turn it into a theme by having it become a recurring issue in your novel.

Plot Challenge:  Choosing Priorities

 Introduce a situation where a character has to make a serious and significant decision. There is no right choice in this decision; no matter what choice the character has to make, something bad will happen to someone good. For example, two really nice people want to take character somewhere the same day / time – both are really nice people, but someone’s feelings will get hurt. How will your character decide which choice to make?

Tie this decision to your main plot line if possible.

Character Challenge:  A Delinquent Child

 Delinquent has many meanings; introduce a child into the lives of your characters who meets up to one of the definitions of delinquent.

Conflict Challenge:  A Haunting Past

Characters always have something they haven’t told the others about. Reveal the backstory of one character by having their past come back to haunt them in a severe, dangerous way. It can be in the form of an ex turned stalker, or someone out for a little revenge….

Fun & Games: Sleeping In…

Sometimes, people just get tired. Too tired to get out of bed on time. One of your characters is really tardy getting out of bed, and has to hurry to get to somewhere… shenanigans happen. Have fun with this, in a humorous way.

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