NaNoWriMo 2013 – Writing Challenges – Days 23, 24, 25, and 26

Word Challenge:  wroth

Definition:  stormy; violent; turbulent :: angry; wrathful (usually predicatively)

 Word Challenge:  halcyon

Definition:  peaceful; undisturbed; happy

 Word Challenge:  gimcrack

Definition:  a showy but useless or worthless object

 Word Challenge:  adamant

Definition:  not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding

  Theme Challenge: The Virtues of Man (Cardinal)

 Pursue the four virtues of man (Using classical western Cardinal guidelines.). The virtues include Temperance, Prudence, Courage, and Justice.

You can use this with or without religious connotations.

Plot Challenge:  Quartet

Include a quartet of something, be it poets, musicians, singers, or artists, and create a plot point relevant to your novel surrounding each of these individuals. Try to include a quartet element to these plot points. (Example, you could use the theme challenges, you could use an elemental theme (fire, water, earth, air) or anything involving a theme of four.

Character Challenge:  

A character has been given four goats to take care of for a day. Goats are troublesome enough on their own. These four goats, however, embody the absolute worst characteristics of goats.

Temporarily or permanently ruin the relationships of four friends (or enemies) through the power of goats.

Conflict Challenge:

Create a conflict for your characters using four of the following seven deadly sins:

  •  Wrath
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Envy
  • Gluttony

Tie each of the sins together to create an overlaying conflict – bonus points if you match the sins to their cardinal virtual counterparts to enhance the theme.

Fun & Games:  Serial Graffiti Artist

 A graffiti artist is obsessed with the number four and groups of four. However, this artist has decided to play a game, using his art to form a riddle, a bit like a scavenger hunt. Have your characters decide to try to solve the artist’s puzzle.

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