kid lit nanowrimo discussion and support



  • @peteolczyk Awesome! I'll have to check that out!



  • So 7 days has gone by. I've got 5 fully written stories and two quick synopsis (a couple of them decent, I think!)

    Checking in, are others still finding these random silly prompts useful?



  • @Braden-Hallett I like them Braden. They help you to think outside the box. It reminds me of an ideas generation lesson we did at college, the more random and peculiar the better.
    ( I’m behind at the minute but I’m going to try using your prompts with Lee Whites visual story telling process.)



  • @peteolczyk Cool cool 🙂

    They'll probably start to get weirder as I start looking around for inspiration, lol.

    Which I suppose is part of the point!



  • @Braden-Hallett That's loads - good going! I have four small somethings so far - chunks of dialogue, opening scenes or plot outlines. The prompts are great, thank you for supplying them!



  • @Braden-Hallett You're doing so well! I am just happy I've written something every day haha. Most days I have written just a synopsis or a start to a story but I'm getting into the swing of things 🙂 I've used the prompts every day, except for one day where I wanted to expand on the story I'd been writing the day before! I find the prompts useful to tackle ideas that I usually wouldn't think of so thank you for posting them. I think I'll be able to get a few good portfolio pieces out of some ideas I've come up with



  • @Braden-Hallett the promts are really nice. I have been sick for the last couple days. Getting back now. Hope I can continue writting. I will not do catch up game, just picking up today's promt, and start working from here :-).



  • @xin-li I’m picking it up again on Saturday and Sunday days I’m not drawing intensely.



  • @Braden-Hallett I have to say using promts for writing/(or illustrating) is something I have never done before. In this excise, it was very unexpected for me that I wrote stuff which I would have never come up with by myself. Do people have similar experience when writing with prompts? Do you have this feeling when following the offical promts for inktober when making drawings? Maybe I should do the offical inktober prompts next year.😃


  • SVS OG

    @Braden-Hallett Great work! yes, the prompts are useful. I need to learn how to end a story 🙂


  • SVS OG

    I've missed a couple prompts. Working on some other projects and moving today but I think I might be able to squeeze a couple more in this month. Maybe not everyday. I di dwrite some little blurb yesterday but it's not that exciting.



  • @Braden-Hallett
    Hi, fellow artist, illustrators, writers...
    My family and i were smack dab in the middle of the Califironia Kincade Fire(s) and we are still cleaning up after the evacuations...we are lucky because we still have our home (and our town was saved by the firefighters.) I signed up for this group before the fire storms hit and now I am unable to participate because my time is spent cleaning up ash/debri....I just wanted you know that I think this group was a great idea and if you ever do it again, please count me in. Best of luck to all of you.....and "Make good art!" Rebecca Arent-Draper


  • SVS OG

    @arent-draper Oh, man! Sorry to hear that! We've been hearing stories about the fires. God bless you!



  • @arent-draper I'm glad you're okay and that you still have your home. I know first hand that those fires travel FAST.

    Be safe with the cleanup. Go buy some good masks and/or respirators.



  • @xin-li said in kid lit nanowrimo discussion and support:

    Do you have this feeling when following the offical promts for inktober when making drawings?

    Absolutely! I always get some crazy (or poignant) stuff I'd never come up with without prompts 🙂



  • @Braden-Hallett thank you for taking the time to put together the promts. I should definitely do this more often, both for writing and painting. I never knew this could be an interesting way to unlock the creativity.



  • @xin-li I agree, thanks Braden. It’s shaken me right out of my box, I need to do more of this.



  • @arent-draper

    I’m so sorry to hear about them fires. They look far worse than anything we get in Scotland.
    When you’re ready, I’d be keen to do this again with you all.



  • PROMPT 9 My computer just said, “No”.

    Synopsis (is that the right word?)
    Computer was given as a gift many years back. It’s now old and works far slower. Older boy decides to throw it out. Insert PROMPT. All these years, the computer has been learning from the boy who has now grown up, when he says yes and when he says no.

    Story Snippet
    I was in the process of shutting everything down when my screen went black. I had thought I was successful, I thought wrong. The screen was black but then appeared the words, NO. So I thought it odd but I unplugged the computer and the screen went black again. I went to open my bedroom door and shouted down the stairs, “Dad I have turned off the computer and unplugged; it is ready to be thrown out.” Then I heard it, my computer said, "No”. Well, I heard No, but the voice was not my dad’s. It was mine. But I did not say it. I turned back and walked over to my computer.



  • I thought I will do a short summary on my experience from the last 3 days:


    I wrote down a good idea on Day8. I might work on that one later. I like where the story is going and what it was about.


    The one from day 9 was odd. It does not belong in children's book world, I think. But I thought it was fun to share it here, especially for parents who are experencing a lot of "No"s from their toddlers:
    Day 9: My computer just said 'NO'...
    There was a dialog window on my screen. But unlike the normal dialog window. There was no “Ok” “Cancel” buttons on them, but only “No”.
    I knew exactly what was happening. My toddler daughter Emma has infected my computer with her “No” virus.
    First it was her stuffed animal Mousy, then it was our old piano, now my computer????


    Day 10, was a non-sense blurb. But I am glad I wrote down something.


    Happy writing everyone 🙂


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