#NaNoWriMo Warmups

I was debating whether to try #NaNoWriMo this year or not, but honestly, if you’re writing anyway (like me), why not join the energy that’s already flowing from this annual event. Plus, it’s free and also – I just learned recently – has branched out become a real nonprofit thing with programs for young writers, camps and lots of resources.

Although #NaNoWriMo has a prep calendar on their site also to help writers along the #NaNoWriMo journey, you can never have too many writing prompts, right?

So without further ado, here are your November writing prompts and ideas with memes and Pinterest pins to come soon.

  1. When was the last time you mourned someone or something – whether a loved one, relationship, etc.
  2. What are the lyrics to your favorite song? Why is it your favorite song?
  3. How much do you currently have saved – and how does that make you feel?
  4. What is the most or biggest pain you’ve ever felt?
  5. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, and write a story about the first person that appears on your timeline.
  6. Do you have a unique talent? When did you realize it was unique? If not – is there anything you wish to learn?
  7. Write a checklist for one of your characters. What are the must have items you want them to have or do?
  8. It’s #ElectionDay! When was the first time you voted? Who did you vote for and why?
  9. Happy Birthday to astrophysicist, astronomer and author, Carl Sagan! Write about everything you know about space. Everything. Even the made-up stuff.
  10. What did you really want to be when you grew up? How different are you from being that role now?
  11. Today is Veteran’s Day. Do you know a veteran? Interview them today and talk about what it means to them to be a veteran.
  12. How old are you? What does being that age really mean?
  13. Why do you write?
  14. Pick a ton – any town – where you think you’ll be able to make it. Check this list of “15 Best Cities for Creative 20-Somethings Other Than New York“.
  15. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and how did you feel afterwards?
  16. How far back into your family history can you go – and who is this first link to your family/tribe?
  17. What book classics and authors do you think are overrated?
  18. Revisit a character you created long ago. How will this character change if 5, 10, or 20 years older?
  19. Pick a picture and write about what you see, how you feel and so on.
  20. Go back in time and write about that point in history.
  21. What is the “1” thing you can’t live without? When did you first acquired this thing?
  22. How old do you think you’ll be when you pass away?
  23. When was the last time you cheated?
  24. It’s Thanksgiving. Write a letter of thanks to your loved ones.
  25. Society shifts into holiday gear around this time. Write about a society that’s shifted by holidays – a-la-1984.
  26. Did you ever believe in Santa Claus? Why or why not? Write about your holidays as a kid?
  27. What has been your biggest lost?
  28. What was your first job?
  29. The year is almost up – what’s your biggest accomplishment so far? Your biggest disappointment?
  30. Happy Birthday to author, Mark Twain! What is your favorite Twain piece? Rewrite some of his work to get your writing mojo started today.
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