The Plan For July

Here’s the plan for the next month. I’m doing two different challenges in July. I don’t think this will drive me to insanity because my summer is rather loosely scheduled at the moment, but we’ll see. Consider this my accountability document for doing both challenges.

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Prompt #20: What Would Indy Do?

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #20: The best heroes surprise us by taking actions we never saw coming.

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Prompt #19: That Was Lucky

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #19: Let your hero succeed through pure dumb luck. Just make sure the pendulum swings both ways.

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Prompt #18: Switch Genres

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #18: Switch Genres

Consider how your story might play out if it were in a completely different genre. Continue reading “Prompt #18: Switch Genres”

Prompt #17: Magnify

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #17: Up close, everything looks different. Zoom in to focus on a moment, a detail or an emotion.

(Cor stops to give a little girl a trinket.)

There was no good reason for Cor to stop and talk to the little girl. Even less reason for him to hand over the little chunk of tourite he’d picked up a few days before. But she seemed upset, fine turquoise eyes shadowed and dimmed. So he talked to her. Hannalee gave no reason for her downcast demeanor, but there wasn’t really a need to. It wasn’t like Cor would be able to help her. But he could brighten her day, so he handed over the little curiosity. She turned it in her hand, fingers brushing over and over the rough surface, solemn eyes observing the dull reddish surface of the rock.

Instinct informed Cor of Brendin’s approach, a moment before he got there. The prickle at the back of his neck, the twisting feeling in his stomach as someone with baleful intent got closer. He was used to glares. This was more of the same.

Except, as Brendin hustled his little sister away, it wasn’t. The glare he leveled at Cor as he walked away was ferocious. Righteous. Protective. The seething fury banked behind stern eyes was almost enough to make even Cor’s rebellious heart quail, ever so slightly.

(Didn’t quite manage to zoom in, I don’t think, but it still gave me an idea for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, so that was something.)

Prompt #16: Start the Clock

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #16: Start the Clock

Deadlines force characters to make choices. How can it be now or never? Continue reading “Prompt #16: Start the Clock”

Prompt #15: Secret Society

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #15: Your hero has stumbled upon a dark conspiracy — or perhaps he’s been part of it all along.

(I took this prompt as a fun chance to do a quick character study of an antagonist I’m playing with.)

Aleron won’t let anything stop him from saving his people

Aleron smiled as the last of his students stepped out of the classroom. Good kids this year, for the most part. Every year had its fools, but he was particularly pleased with this batch. They all had the potential to become highly productive citizens.

A slight chirp from his desk brought him from happier thoughts. Was it really time again? He checked the alert. Yes, it was. Sabotaging the dome, bit by bit, making errors in just the right places to hide his larger actions until it was too late for them to stop him.

He hesitated this time, though. What he was doing would ultimately harm those bright stars he’d just been contemplating. He’d lived among these people for fifteen years now. They were so naive, so calm. Not a single hint of suspicion against him. Should he continue to do his duty?

But before he could finish the program, an alarm sounded. This one was citywide, not just for him, a solemn computer voice announcing that part of the dome had disintegrated. Remain indoors, find your respirators, seal up windows and doors, etc. All the usual steps. Aleron waited to see if any of his students might need to come back in, and then sealed the room.

On a whim, he looked out a window to see if he could spot the crack in the dome. It was actually quite a large one. You could see stars through them. Old ones, actually. Ones that he could see from his home in Serunen.

He was fighting for them. For their right to continue to see those stars. His resolve strengthened, he committed his little act of treason.

(I’m pretty sure my head cold is affecting the quality of this, but here it is.)

Prompt #14: Travel

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #14: A change of scenery can do wonders. Take your hero somewhere new. Continue reading “Prompt #14: Travel”

Prompt #13: Kill the Hero

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #13: If your hero died right now, what would happen next? Who would keep up the mission? Continue reading “Prompt #13: Kill the Hero”

Prompt #11: Puny Humans

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

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This is Prompt #11: Sometimes, it really is the end of the world. How would your story change if the stakes were cataclysmic? Continue reading “Prompt #11: Puny Humans”