NaNoWriMo 2013 – Writing Challenges – Day 8

NaNoWriMo Day 8 Challenges

Word Challenge:  Slew

Definition:  verb turn or slide violently or uncontrollably;  (of an electronic device) undergo slewing. Noun: a violent or uncontrollable sliding movement.

 Theme Challenge: Unrequited Love

 This is something that happens to everyone at least once in their lives. However, when most people think of unrequited love, they think of it in a romantic way. Include the theme of unrequited love in a non-romantic context. This can be a character desiring to be a friend with another character, and the feelings aren’t returned, or even trying to gain the love of an animal.

Plot Challenge:  Here Without You

A character gets stood up; it can be for a date, a planned crime caper, or other event where two characters were supposed to meet for a joint endeavor. Use this change of plans to demonstrate why two heads are better than one.

Your character should have to deal with a task that involves two people, but stubbornly tries to do it on his or her own after being stood up. It can include something as simple as trying to build a piece of furniture needing four hands.

Character Challenge:  Stubborn Pride

 Tying in with the Here Without You plot challenge, pursue the positive and negative aspects of having a character with stubborn pride. In this challenge, you should include something good and bad about having his character trait.

Conflict Challenge:  Man vs Nature

Many conflicts and challenges are of man’s making. Create a natural event in your novel outside of man’s control. It can include the weather, earthquakes, the random eruption of a nearby volcano, freak meteor knocking out half of a town… include a conflict point that directly involves the character, caused by the forces of nature.

This can include things like a character needing to get somewhere in a hurry, but a road has washed out during a severe thunderstorm.

Fun & Games: Ear Worms

Your character has a song stuck in their head. Instead of quietly enduring the mental torture, they spread their suffering to others.

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