November Writing Prompts #NaNoWriMo

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Well, we’re finally into November!  Can you believe it?  And since many of you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this month, including myself, I wanted to give you an idea on how you can use these prompts to help during your novel writing endeavors.

First of all, I’d like you to think about your morning routine.  What gets you moving in the morning?  What wakes you up and gets your mind motivated to write?  If you happen to struggle with motivation like so many of us do, here’s a simple thing that can help inspire you to write each and every day.  I do this with my daughters every morning, and it really helps to spark the flow of creativity.

Begin by settling into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts listed below.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle that novel which is just begging to be written!

And just to let you all know, I will still try to write a few poems this month, but will mostly be focusing on writing my novel.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit my new blog where I’m now posting all of my poetry, then please stop by for a visit one of these days and have a look!  Here’s where I can be found… Her Writing Haven.

Good luck everyone… and let the writing begin!  ~M xo

1. Cradled and cocooned
2. Unassuming diversions
3. Deepest desires
4. Prolonged agony
5. Musical undertones
6. A chance meeting
7. Scalloped edges
8. Incessant dreaming
9. Beads of sweat
10. Flaming arrows
11. Killing curiosity
12. Still of night
13. Breezy blunders
14. Mediocrity and milkshakes
15. Bamboozled
16. Insignificant artifacts
17. Orion’s Belt
18. Fastidious matters
19. Teardrops and teacups
20. Iridescent truths
21. Crunchy munchies
22. Wheezing and sneezing
23. Jumbled words
24. Temporary turmoil
25. Naked canvas
26. Fractured figures
27. Neverending sugar cubes
28. Ceiling wax
29. The art of boredom
30. Bedknobs and broomsticks


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Contentedness…

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“Since the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, try planting some right where you are.”  ~M


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Our Desperate Search for Superiority

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Topic of interest:
When we bow to Christ’s true superiority we no longer need to seek our own.
Speaking about the passages found in John 4:1-45.

My teenage daughter’s response:
Sure, we are not superior, but as humans created in the image of God, we are always going to search for it. To create, to live, to know… it comes from a small wanting inside all of us to be like God.

Is it terrible to want to be like God? No, because we as humans strive to be like the people we think of as great. It is not terrible to strive for greatness. It is only when that greatness consumes us that we forget why we wanted it in the first place.

Great and terrible people throughout history have strived for this unreachable greatness to the point of madness. To be like God and to be God, are two different points. Though they both sound equally good, one is always available and one never is.

~Brianna Cook (Age 16)


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Ask Him…

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“Wishes are just prayers that we’re too afraid to ask God for.” ~M


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Never waste a wish…

 

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“Never waste a wish on someone who wouldn’t dare to dream.” ~M


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#MidnightMadness – 11/5/2017

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My fortune tonight…

Stop searching forever, happiness is next to you.

And yes, there she was… my sweet little Auti, sitting right next to me tonight as I read this fortune.

The picture above, she drew for me the other day.  She was all excited to tell me that she even gave us matching dresses!

Happiness is definitely right next to you, my dear sweet daughter.  There is no better treasure in this whole wide world.  ❤️

October Writing Prompt Participants

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Well, we had another great month of writing and the response was even greater than last month.  We had a few extra people join in on the fun this time around, and I want to congratulate, Dorinda Duclos, Grant Fenton, and Tessa Smeigh for completing every single prompt!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to read their work, please take a moment to visit their websites.

Like last month, I’ve included the links to all the participating prompt writers below.  I apologize ahead of time if I missed adding some of the links.  It’s getting harder to keep track now, with so many of you participating.  So, please let me know if I happened to miss any, and I’ll be happy to make the correction and add your link to the list.

You all did a great job and I feel so privileged to be part of a community of such amazing and wonderful writers!  I hope you’ll continue to write with me for the remainder of this year and into the next.  Much love to all of you!  ~M  xo

Links of participating prompt writers:

Day 1 – Itsy bitsy spider
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/01/prey-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/01/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-1st-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/19/itsy-bitsy-spider/

Day 2 – Moonlight reflections
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/02/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-2nd-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/02/moonlight-reflections-octoberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/moonlight-reflections/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/19/mykui-7-moonlight-reflections/

Day 3 – Flabbergasted
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/03/surprise-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/03/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-3rd-2017/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/flabbergasted-horses/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/19/flabbergasted/

Day 4 – Pink persuasion
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/04/morning-yawns-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/04/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-4th-2017/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/pink-persuasion/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/10/04/pink-pansy-persuasion/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/pink-persuasion/

Day 5 – Fragile whispers
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/05/fragile-whispers-octoberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/10/05/the-last-fragile-whisper/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/05/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-5th-2017/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/10/06/fragile-whispers/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/fragile-whispers/

Day 6 – Dandelion dreams
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/10/06/a-dandelions-dream/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/06/friday-fantasy-dandelion-dreams-octoberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/dandelion-dreams/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/06/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-6th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/dandelion-dreams/

Day 7 – The journey beyond
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/07/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-7th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/07/the-journey-beyond-octoberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-journey-beyond/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/10/07/im-glad-i-did-not-die-link/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/the-journey-beyond/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/10/23/the-journey-beyond/

Day 8 – Red velvet
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/08/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-8th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/08/blush-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/10/08/red-velvet-bible/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/red-velvet/

Day 9 – Shadows of doubt
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/09/shadows-of-doubt-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/09/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-9th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/shadows-of-doubt/

Day 10 – Spilt milk
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/10/spilt-milk-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/10/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-10th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/spilt-milk/

Day 11 – Portions of time
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/11/portions-of-time-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/11/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-11th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/mykui-8-portions-of-time/

Day 12 – Vacant stare
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/vacant-stares/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/12/vacant-stare-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/12/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-12th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/vacant-stare/

Day 13 – A touch of whimsy
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/13/a-touch-of-whimsy-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/13/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-13th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/a-touch-of-whimsy/

Day 14 – Sardine soup
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/14/sardine-soup-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/14/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-14th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/sardine-soup/

Day 15 – Goblins and ghouls
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/15/goblins-and-ghouls-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/15/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-15th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/goblins-and-ghouls/

Day 16 – Hints of pleasure
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/hints-of-pleasure/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/16/frolicking-dailyhaikuchallenge-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/16/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-16th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/hints-of-pleasure/

Day 17 – Insurmountable
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/17/the-quest-octoberwriting/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/17/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-17th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/insurmountable/

Day 18 – Sickly sweet
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/18/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-18th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/18/sickly-sweet-octoberwriting-poetry/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/tanka-1-sickly-sweet/

Day 19 – Folds of forever
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/19/folds-of-forever-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/19/folds-of-forever/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/19/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-19th-2017/

Day 20 – Lickety-split
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/20/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-20th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/20/taken-by-the-wind-octoberwriting-poetry/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/23/lickety-split/

Day 21 – Icy tears
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/21/icy-tears-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/21/icy-tears/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/21/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-21st-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/24/icy-tears/

Day 22 – Rainbow wishes
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/22/dancing-shadow/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/22/rainbow-wishes-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/22/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-22nd-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/24/rainbow-wishes/

Day 23 – Floating lanterns
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/20/hindi-poem-floating-lanterns/
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/23/floating-lanterns/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/23/floating-lanterns-octoberwriting/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/23/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-23rd-2017/

Day 24 – A sliver of hope
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/24/a-sliver-of-hope/
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/23/a-sliver-of-hope/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/24/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-24th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/24/a-sliver-of-hope-octoberwriting-poetry/

Day 25 – Skipping stones
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/24/skipping-stones/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/25/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-25th-2017/
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/25/skipping-stones/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/25/skipping-stones-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/

Day 26 – Tangled webs
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/24/tangled-web/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/26/tangled-webs-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/26/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-26th-2017/
Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2017/10/27/tangled-web/

Day 27 – Scribbles and dribbles
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/25/scribbles-and-dribbles/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/27/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-27th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/27/legacy-octoberwriting-poetry/

Day 28 – The twisted plot
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/26/the-twisted-plot/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/28/the-twisted-plot-octoberwriting-halloween-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/plot-twist/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/28/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-28th-2017/

Day 29 – Crispy cakes and stomach aches
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/28/crispy-cakes-and-stomach-aches/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/29/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-29th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/29/crispy-cakes-and-stomach-aches-octoberwriting-poetry/

Day 30 – Fantastical beasts
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/30/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-30th-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/30/fantastical-beasts/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/30/fantastical-beasts-octoberwriting-halloween-poetry/

Day 31 – Slurps and burps
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/31/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-31st-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/30/mykui-10-slurps-and-burps/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/31/slurps-and-burps-octoberwriting-poetry/


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#MidnightMadness – 10/31/2017

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Well, I wasn’t going to do another Midnight Madness tonight, but I began to think twice after reading to my daughter from her Bedtime Bible.

Normally this book isn’t too bad, aside from the very glossed over parts about what truly happened in certain stories.  I suppose they figure it’s a children’s book, so they have to keep it somewhat discreet.

However, after reading it tonight, I have finally come to realize just how ill advised this book really is.  And I began to wonder if this is the reason why so many Christians are often left confused on how they should treat other people.

Here’s one of the bits of advice given for today, on “How to Treat Friends…

“If your friend is sad, do not try to cheer him up, that will only make him feel worse.”

Do not try to cheer him up???  What?  I nearly took the book and threw it against the wall!  Thank goodness she wasn’t reading this piece of garbage by herself, and I’m fairly sure we can find a much better book to read next time.  Thankfully we have a whole set of Dr. Seuss!

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#MidnightMadness – 10/30/2017

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So there I was, reading aloud the features that come with the new iPhone X

“The super retina display dazzles the eyes and employs techniques to precisely follow the curves of the design all the way to the elegantly rounded corners.  The first OLED screen that rises to the standards.  Familiar gestures make navigation natural and intuitive. Instead of pressing a button, a single swipe takes you home from anywhere.  A larger and faster 12MP sensor. A new color filter with Deeper pixels, etc…”

And then my sweet and very innocent 16 yr. old daughter, who obviously picked up on the bolded words above, says to me…

“Mom, I feel like I’m listening to Fifty Shades of Phones.”  😉

 


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Heart Spilling…

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“Just follow the blood trails, I mean ink trails, and you’ll find your poet.”  ~M


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Blooming tears…

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“Sadness often trickles down my face, but flowers often bloom in its place.”  ~M


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Childhood Memories…

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I have always loved this memory from Prince Harry as he was remembering his mother.

He said… “One of her mottos to me was you know, “You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught.”  ~Princess Diana


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#MidnightMadness – 10/19/2017

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“Nerds… they’re the best kind of adults.”

~Brianna Cook (age 16)


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#MidnightMadness – 10/18/2017

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For health class today, we were discussing attitudes between children and their parents.  We had to read a cartoon about a girl and her mother having a fight and then learned how they resolved their conflict.

I said to my girls… “I think it’s really great that I hardly ever have any conflict with you girls.  You always seem to do what you’re told and I never seem to have a problem with either one of you.”

Then I decided to ask them why they always behave so well.

Brianna said, “Because mom… we know better than to get you upset with us.”

I said, “Why, do I rule with an iron fist?”

Brianna said, “Yes mom, you really do, but at least you rule us with a cute, adorable, iron fist.

Such a sweet talker she is!  Lol…  😉


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Keep trying…

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“If you haven’t lassoed the moon yet, you haven’t swung your rope enough times.”  ~M


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