National Novel Writing Month is under way!

It’s Day 2 of NaNoWriMo, and I just passed the 5,000 word mark. How are you doing so far?

If you haven’t started yet, don’t fret – it’s not too late! To hit that 50,000 word mark, you need to write 1,667 words per day. So you only need to write 3,334 words to be on par right now. That’s only about four pages.

You don’t know what to write about? My daughter was wondering about that, too. She was brainstorming ideas earlier today, and while we were driving to an event at church, she ran down her list. She had written seven or eight down, but there were three that really struck her as interesting.

“OK,” I said. “How many ideas do you have fleshed out so far?”

“None of them,” she admitted. “They’re just the initial ideas.”

“Let’s start with the first one,” I suggested. “A scientist discovers a relic that leads to an ancient civilization. Here’s the question – what’s the relic?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well, let’s brainstorm that one. Could it be a snow globe, or a key? Maybe a medallion? Or a helmet?”

I proceeded to give ideas about each of these items and how they could each be used to take the concept of “relic leads to another civilization” in completely different ways. We even discussed the possibility of taking two of her ideas and combining them into one story. I think it got her imagination kick-started.

Sometimes the biggest challenge isn’t trying to come up with an idea as to what to write about. Sometimes the challenge is narrowing down your options to one.

So what are you waiting for? If you don’t have an idea yet, start writing down ideas. They don’t have to be full-fledged chapters, or even paragraphs. A sentence or two will suffice. Then examine that sentence and see what ideas it inspires.

Then, just start writing! It’ll be fun to see where it takes you!

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