Camp NaNo Prompts for Week 1

by syaffolee

So, I haven’t written much on this blog lately because I’m working on Camp NaNoWriMo. This is also the first time that @NaNoWordSprints has started up for Camp to motivate writing participants. And because I’ve been invited back yet again (no one has kicked me out, woo!), I’m posting each week’s prompts here for posterity.

April 1, 12:00am-1:30am (UTC -7)
Camping with Ray Guns

  • Include some action (10 min)
  • Fear (15 min)
  • Something annoying (15 min)
  • Cloudless sky (10 min)
  • Moonless night (15 min)

April 1, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Camp Style

  • Ostentatious display (10 min)
  • Exaggeration (20 min)
  • Kitsch (30 min)
  • Jokes (10 min)
  • Theatrical/flamboyant dance (15 min)

April 2, 12:15pm-1:15pm (UTC -7)
The Unexpected

  • A mysterious hook (10 min)
  • Strange liquid dripping from the ceiling or seeping from the ground (20 min)
  • Odd noises (15 min)

April 2, 8:30pm-11:00pm (UTC -7)
The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Expectations (10 min)
  • Doldrums (15 min)
  • Clocks (30 min)
  • Markets and shopping (10 min)
  • Pedant/Pendant (15 min)
  • Short shrift (30 min)

April 3, 8:30pm-11:00pm (UTC -7)
Symbolism, Part 1

  • Curl (10 min)
  • Pomegranate (15 min)
  • Nuts (30 min)
  • Hammer (10 min)
  • Comet (15 min)
  • Wheel (30 min)

April 4, 8:30pm-11:00pm (UTC -7)
Ghostbusters

  • A fridge with chanting coming from within (10 min)
  • Characters face a disaster of biblical proportions (20 min)
  • Don’t cross the streams (30 min)
  • Bad monkey (15 min)
  • Keep two characters apart (20 min)
  • Threaten your characters with the unexpected (20 min)

April 5, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC -7)
Are You Being Served?

  • Ground floor perfumery, stationary and leather goods (10 min)
  • Wigs and haberdashery, kitchenware and food (15 min)
  • First floor telephones, gents ready-made suits (30 min)
  • Shirts, socks, ties, hats, underwear and shoes (10 min)
  • Second floor carpets, travel goods and bedding (10 min)
  • Material, soft furnishings, restaurant and teas (20 min)

April 5, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC -7)
Topsy Turvy

  • Amnesia vs. excellent memory (10 min)
  • Battle vs. reasonable conversation (15 min)
  • Turn the damsel in distress trope on its ear (30 min)
  • Twin vs. non-twin (10 min)
  • Calm before the storm (30 min)

April 6, 11:00am-2:00pm (UTC -7)
Arabian Nights

  • A character tells a story (10 min)
  • Describe the origins of something (15 min)
  • Different versions (30 min)
  • Discovering a cache of treasure hidden by evil bandits (10 min)
  • Include many descriptive details (20 min)
  • Fate and destiny (10 min)
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy (30 min)
  • A character who is spoiled and vain (10 min)

April 6, 8:45pm-10:30pm (UTC -7)
Henrietta Pussycat at the Cat Café

  • Coffee (10 min)
  • Biscuits (15 min)
  • Toys (30 min)
  • Grumpy character (10 min)
  • Play (15 min)

April 7, 12:30pm-1:30pm (UTC -7)
Symbolism, Part 2

  • Cellar (10 min)
  • Lightning (15 min)
  • Metamorphosis (15 min)

April 7, 7:15pm-9:00pm (UTC -7)
Carl Sagan Quotes

  • If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. (10 min)
  • Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. (15 min)
  • Observation: I can’t see a thing. Conclusion: Dinosaurs. (30 min)
  • You are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals. (10 min)
  • Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves. (10 min)
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