Inspire me for #NaNoWriMo

Send me a word or a line of text to use as a writing prompt for NaNoWriMo

Along with fireworks, bonfires, piles of soggy leaves and pumpkins, November for me means NaNoWriMo. For those of you not familiar with the insider acronym, it’s National Novel Writing Month. The premise is simple: write about 1,500 words every day, without fail, to complete a first messy draft of something new or to finish a messy draft of something that’s been lagging behind.

I’ve dipped in and out of #NaNoWriMo in the past, but I love the idea behind it, the community it engenders, and the discount codes on writing software that can be your if you hit your target. This year I’m not planning on writing a novel (I’m already editing one…) : I want to spend a bit of time having fun with short fiction.

Specifically, I want to use NaNoWriMo to write a draft of a short story (or, lets be honest, a sketch of a short story) every day for the month. I have a handful of prompts ready to go and that’s where i’m turning to you (hello) to suggest a few more.

What i’m looking for are text-based prompts (no pictures- I need to be able to write it on a slip of paper and put it in my prompts jar). It could be a single word, it could be a couple of lines from a poem. A headline from the newspaper. The name of a dish on a menu. A snippet of overheard conversation. I don’t need to know where your suggestions came from- just add it as comment on Facebook, Tweet it to me or put it as a comment on this blog post. If you want to retain privacy then send it in using the contact form.

ASAP is preferred, last suggestions accepted on 31 October.

As an example, a friend recently sent me ‘Place of splinters’ as a prompt: she found it on a map of Scotland on the wall. 

A meaningful response: #shortstories for #socialworkers

Lovely social workers who have been in touch and requested copies, or who have stumbled across this blog post by recommendation/accident: please remember to send us in your feedback!

Email: with the subject line ‘Intervening Fictions feedback’

Post: Intervening Fictions Feedback, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU

In order to take the project on to the next stage in a meaningful way, we need feedback from at least 50 people (and anything over that makes it even better) by 31st October. This means that every response is very much needed and will be helping us shape the plans for the full, print (& ebook) anthology of short stories inspired by the differences social workers make.

The questions at the back of the pamphlet of 3 short stories are:

  1. While reading these stories, which parts struck a chord for you?
  2. Did reading these stories make you reflect differently on your own experiences as a social worker?
  3. If someone who wasn’t a social worker read these stories, do you think they would gain a better understanding of the kinds of differences social workers make?

And the three short stories can be downloaded or read online as a PDF here.

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