The Plan for November

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Hello my lovelies,

I mentioned in a post earlier this week that I was contemplating doing NaNoWriMo this year, even with my busy work load. Well, based on the number of likes I received on that post and my own stubbornness that rears its head whenever I get an idea, I’m happy to report that I WILL be participating in NaNoWriMo.

My NaNo author info can be found at http://nanowrimo.org/participants/ivybennet if any of you are also participating and would like to be writing buddies.

I mentioned that I will still do the daily writing prompts, which is still true. Depending on the day and what’s going on, I might still do the prompts in the morning or I might wait until I have a chunk of time to write. I will try and post excerpts here and there, however I will be posting each chapter on wattpad.com (url to come after my first submission).

I am so incredibly excited for November! I almost can’t wait until tomorrow (but really who wants Halloween to pass by quickly?).

Wish me luck in finishing! It’s been so long since I’ve tried to work on anything of this size consecutively.

~Ivy

Prompt for October 30: The Stranger on the Wall

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[Prompt from http://daily-writing.blogspot.com/ .]

She wore a painted on smile. A da Vinci creation that, at first glance, could have passed off as real. As I admired the craftsmanship behind the straight patches of white and the soft canvas lips, I noticed her eyes were that of a doll’s. They were bright and light from the light of the bathroom. But as with many of the great painters, those eyes were lifeless. They only appeared to be real. No one could instil a soul into a vessel incapable of nurturing it.

Looking into the mirror, I knew that the woman looking back was me but the artfully crafted semblance of normalcy that was her face told an entirely different story.

Prompt for October 28: Something that Takes Place in a Parkinglot

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[Prompt from http://daily-writing.blogspot.com/ .]

“I like your car.”

“Um thanks.”

“It’s a nice color. Good year.”

“Thank you.”

“Where are you going? Don’t you want to talk to me?”

“I’m sorry but I still have a lot of errands to run.”

“You stay and talk to me.”

“Stay away.”

“You hear what I have to say.”

“Get away. No.”

“There. Now you have to listen to me.”

Prompt for October 27: Tarnished

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[Prompt from http://daily-writing.blogspot.com/ .]

What am I to do now that
My dreams are dull and crumbling
Around the very edges meant
To keep them strong?
How can I live with this
Cracked foundation? This shell
That resembles an atomic crash site
More than a piece of architecture?
The corner stones have been removed,
The structure quivers in the slightest
Whisper of the wind. Columns have fallen,
Broken into their separate pieces, the playthings
Of some deity’s child. The caryatids have lost
Their smiles.

This tarnished metal cage
Can in no way be
The temple I once played in
Throughout my younger years.

To NaNo? Or Not to NaNo?

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I think I’m going to try and do NaNoWriMo this year. I did it for three years in high school, winning two of them. It would be nice to have an excuse to get down and dirty in my writing again.

I know it may seem weird to try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days when I’ve shown that I can’t even be relied upon to write a few hundred words of a writing prompt daily. I’m going to try and do both: the writing prompts and my novel writing. If I like a section of it, I’ll post it on my blog (it’ll be tagged as nanowrimo and I’ll probably make a new category on my blog itself). I could always keep you, my faithful followers, updated on this endeavor as another means of keeping myself honest and on point.

Thanks for reading my rant.

~Ivy