NaNoWriMo 2013 – Writing Challenges – Day 7

NaNoWriMo Day 7 Challenges

Word Challenge:  delectation

Definition:  Delight; Joy

Theme Challenge: Happiness

Sometimes, we just need to face facts. Characters in a novel rarely have it easy. Joy, happiness, contentment: These are the things that characters often desire, and may – or may not – be the ultimate reward for their sacrifices in a novel.

Pursue little moments of happiness in your novel, and how this elusive emotion is as much a state of mind as it is the result of events in a character’s life.

Plot Challenge:  What Comes Around Goes Around

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, not all good intentions go awry. Include a plot arc in your novel where your characters mean to do well for another character, and despite the hiccups (yes, include conflict and challenges and failure) it does actually work out for once.

At the conclusion of this good deed, the character should get good karma back. Little things can turn big, and bring someone a lot of good and happiness.

Character Challenge:  Defeating Depression

It’s easy for a happy person to tell someone who is depressed to ‘just get over it.’ Reality doesn’t work that way. Depression is an illness, and it isn’t easy to overcome. It can be held at bay, but it rarely ever just ‘goes away.’

Write about a character who begins the long road of defeating depression. By the end of the novel, this individual should be far along the road of holding depression at bay.

This should present some major developmental alterations to the character, as treating depression can significantly alter an individual’s personality.

Conflict Challenge:  Need VS Want

It is a common saying that sometimes we get what we need versus what we want. Pursue this in a conflict in your novel. What a character needs versus what they want are in direct opposition of each other.

What choice will your character make?

Fun & Games: Antagonists and Acrylic Paints

Villains can sometimes get downright childish in a novel. Embrace this childishness. The Antagonist pranks the Protagonist(s) using acrylic paints.

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