July 2016: All of My NaNoWordSprints Prompts

by syaffolee

All I can say is, not as late as last time! This is a list of all the prompts I tweeted out on @NaNoWordSprints during July. Feel free to take them and use them for inspiration in your own writing!

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June 30, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Camping Related

  • Light your fire (10 min)
  • Baiting the trap (20 min)
  • Unusual directions (10 min)
  • Sneaking around at night (30 min)
  • As nature intended (20 min)
  • Clear waters (10 min)
  • Hungry animals (10 min)
  • A tough obstacle (30 min)

July 1, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Character Related

  • Unusual occupation or hobby (10 min)
  • Nicknames (20 min)
  • How does the character react to an unexpected situation (30 min)
  • Speech patterns (10 min)
  • Interaction with people they don’t like (20 min)
  • Family/relatives (30 min)
  • Past comes back to haunt them (20 min)

July 2, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
On Food and Cooking

  • Fishiness (10 min)
  • To warm (20 min)
  • What must go up must come down (30 min)
  • Fresh (10 min)
  • Accidental (20 min)
  • Slow to acceptance (30 min)
  • Firmness (20 min)

July 3, 2016, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Energizing Your Sprints

  • Getting a jump start (10 min)
  • A sudden and shocking appearance (20 min)
  • Something goes boom! (30 min)
  • Screaming all the way (10 min)
  • Diving head first into the melee (20 min)

July 3, 2016, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Post-It Note Prompts

  • Holding characters hostage (10 min)
  • A stolen item (20 min)
  • Deadline to prevent a catastrophic event (30 min)
  • A puzzle (10 min)
  • Risk life and limb (20 min)

July 3, 2016, 6:30pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Icelandic Phrases and Idioms Part 1

  • To lay your head in water (10 min)
  • You are completely out driving (20 min)
  • I took him to the bakery (30 min)
  • I will find you at a beach (10 min)
  • I come completely from the mountains (20 min)
  • I will show you the two worlds (30 min)

July 3, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Pictures from Wikipedia Part 1

  • Cathedral, test reactor, car trouble, nice hat (10 min)
  • Distant boat, at a desk, admiral, a wreck (20 min)
  • Guitar, equestrian, yawn, on the lookout (30 min)
  • A game, a large wave, waking up, and a stolen kiss (10 min)
  • Crown, bangles, brooms, and book smuggling (20 min)
  • Making a death mask, bonsai, corridor, and lunch (30 min)
  • Disaster, evening, piazza, and pigments (20 min)

July 4, 2016, 4:00pm-6:00am (UTC-8)
San Diego Zoo

  • Ducks in a row (10 min)
  • In an awkward position (20 min)
  • Playing dead (30 min)
  • Trying to look one’s best (10 min)
  • Made of unusual materials (20 min)

July 4, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Pictures from Wikipedia Part 2

  • Up in smoke, making a call, spinning wheel, and building a bridge (10 min)
  • Cheese, glowing at night, bored, and cliffs (20 min)
  • Flames, something blue, fortress, and a windmill (30 min)
  • Creepy doll, llamas on the loose, car thieves, and surprise (10 min)
  • Keys, an old radio, ruins, and the desert (20 min)

July 5, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Icelandic Phrases and Idioms Part 2

  • He’s on the wrong shelf in life (10 min)
  • That is the raisin at the end of the hot dog (20 min)
  • He doesn’t walk whole to the forest (30 min)
  • Like a poorly made object (10 min)
  • Jumping onto your own nose (20 min)
  • Not enough to fill a cat’s nostril (30 min)
  • Window weather (20 min)

July 6, 2016, 11:00am-1:00pm (UTC-8)
Character Tropes Part 1

  • Being Personal Isn’t Professional (10 min)
  • Born in the Wrong Century (20 min)
  • Creature of Habit (30 min)
  • Everyone Has Standards (10 min)
  • The Gimmick (20 min)

July 6, 2016, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Character Tropes Part 2

  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That (20 min)
  • Misery Builds Character (10 min)
  • Pastimes Prove Personality (20 min)
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift (30 min)
  • Too Much Alike (10 min)
  • Work Hard, Play Hard (20 min)
  • Wrong Assumption (30 min)
  • Admiring the abomination (10 min)
  • Challenge seeker (10 min)

July 7, 2016, 9:00am-12:30pm (UTC-8)
Idioms

  • Rub the wrong way (10 min)
  • Cat got your tongue (20 min)
  • Give the cold shoulder (30 min)
  • Let one’s hair down (10 min)
  • Go the whole nine yards (20 min)
  • Caught red handed (30 min)
  • Turn a blind eye (20 min)
  • Actions speak louder than words (10 min)
  • Miss the boat (10 min)

July 7, 2016, 2:30pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Icelandic Phrases and Idioms Part 3

  • There are many wonders in a cow’s head (10 min)
  • No mitten-grabbing (20 min)
  • To put someone before a cats nose (30 min)
  • I only pay with an angry sheep (5 min)

July 7, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Cute Cat Sprints

  • What’s over there? (10 min)
  • Nothing to see here (20 min)
  • Triplets (30 min)
  • Delicious (10 min)
  • In a celebratory mood (20 min)
  • Stretching it (30 min)
  • Stop and smell the roses (20 min)

July 8, 2016, 9:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Brazilian Expressions Part 1

  • I hope it falls (10 min)
  • To button up your blazer (20 min)
  • Peel the pineapple (30 min)
  • To throw out green fruit and pick it ripe (10 min)
  • Lower the ball (20 min)
  • King in the belly (30 min)
  • Lay down your hair (10 min)
  • To stick your foot in the breadfruit (20 min)
  • To travel in the mayonnaise (30 min)
  • A hurricane in a cup of water (5 min)

July 9, 2016, 8:00am-9:30am (UTC-8)
San Diego Coffee House Names

  • Black rock (10 min)
  • Better buzz (20 min)
  • Blue mug (30 min)
  • Lion (5 min)

July 9, 2016, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Neko Atsume Passwords

  • Peach (10 min)
  • Princess (20 min)
  • Music (30 min)
  • Necktie (10 min)
  • Radio (20 min)
  • Relax (30 min)
  • Lollipop (20 min)

July 10, 2016, 7:45am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Brazilian Expressions Part 2

  • Deep fried (10 min)
  • Stick face (20 min)
  • Pays for the duck (30 min)
  • Fills spicy pork sausages (10 min)
  • Puts smoke inside a bag (20 min)
  • Looks for horns on a horse’s head (10 min)
  • Puts a watermelon on his head (30 min)
  • Bug will come and get them (20 min)

July 10, 2016, 7:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Pictures from Wikipedia Part 3

  • Evil thoughts, an old man with one eye, abandoned, and tower (30 min)
  • Clock, spiral staircase, fight, and curious onlookers (20 min)
  • Church steeple, pool, chatting, and geyser (10 min)
  • Lake, mountains, grave marker, and completely pickled (30 min)
  • Lighthouse, thinking really hard, manor, and dunces (10 min)
  • Mint, red skies, sand castles, and telephone obsession (15 min)
  • Pouring a drink, making music, ruckus, and the kiss (20 min)
  • Examination, camel in the house, blue skies, and parasol (30 min)
  • Old boys club, desk, overlook, and cooking (5 min)
  • Bear, tea party, unusual vehicle, and slow movers (10 min)
  • On fire, dearly departed, cliff side, and astrolabe (30 min)

July 11, 2016, 7:10am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Linguistic Doublets Part 1

  • Host and guest (10 min)
  • Strange and extraneous (30 min)
  • Shadow, shade and shed (30 min)
  • Stand, stay, state, status and static (30 min)
  • Chief, chef, cape, capo, caput and head (30 min)
  • Secure and sure (10 min)

July 11, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Composers

  • Midsummer night’s dream (10 min)
  • Cannons (15 min)
  • The Isle of the Dead (30 min)
  • The sea (20 min)
  • Dance macabre (10 min)
  • The water goblin (20 min)
  • In the forest (30 min)
  • Longing (5 min)

July 12, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Plot Tropes Part 1

  • 15 minutes of fame (15 min)
  • All for nothing (30 min)
  • Brainwashed (30 min)
  • Cooperation gambit (30 min)
  • Deadly game (30 min)
  • Endurance duel (10 min)

July 12, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Plot Tropes Part 2

  • Fight to survive (10 min)
  • Great escape (20 min)
  • He knows too much (30 min)
  • Identity impersonator (10 min)
  • Just fine without you (20 min)
  • Kangaroo court (30 min)
  • Late to the tragedy (20 min)

July 13, 2016, 8:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Linguistic Doublets Part 2

  • Capital, cattle and chattel (10 min)
  • Plant and clan (30 min)
  • Right, rich, raj, rex, regalia, reign, royal and real (20 min)
  • Carton and cartoon (10 min)
  • Ward and guard (30 min)
  • Chrism, cream and grime (20 min)
  • Cow and beef (10 min)
  • Wheel, cycle and chakra (25 min)

July 13, 2016, 11:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
LOLcats

  • Awesome headgear (10 min)
  • Small spaces (20 min)
  • Unexplained flotation (30 min)
  • Ultimate disguise (10 min)
  • Strange friends (20 min)

July 14, 2016, 8:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Plot Tropes Part 3

  • The magic comes back (10 min)
  • No sympathy (30 min)
  • The one who made it out (30 min)
  • Passing the torch (30 min)
  • Quest for identity (30 min)
  • Read the fine print (30 min)

July 14, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms in Various Languages

  • I don’t have a camel in the caravan (10 min)
  • Stop ironing my head! (20 min)
  • After the rain many eaves! (30 min)
  • My tapeworm can almost talk by itself (10 min)
  • Seeing the reflection of a bow in a cup and thinking it’s a snake (20 min)
  • To walk around hot porridge (30 min)
  • To polar bear (20 min)

July 15, 2016, 8:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Grow Creativity

  • Apples to oranges (10 min)
  • Second banana (20 min)
  • Cherry-pick (30 min)
  • Full of beans (10 min)
  • Hot potato (20 min)
  • Pushing up the daisies (30 min)
  • Shaking like a leaf (10 min)
  • Sowing seeds of suspicion (20 min)

July 15, 2016, 11:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Star Trek Next Generation

  • Adoring fans (10 min)
  • Unusually emotional (20 min)
  • Getting ready for battle (30 min)
  • That annoying kid (10 min)
  • Evil twin (20 min)

July 16, 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Artificial Intelligence Tropes

  • Seems ridiculously human (10 min)
  • Malevolent/benevolent (20 min)
  • Going haywire (30 min)
  • Seeing oneself as superior (30 min)
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy (10 min)
  • Seems very obvious (20 min)
  • Self-aware (15 min)

July 17, 2016, 10:30am-12:30pm (UTC-8)
Weather Idioms

  • Under the weather (10 min)
  • Fair-weather friend (20 min)
  • Snowed under (30 min)
  • The tip of the iceberg (10 min)
  • Every cloud has a silver lining (20 min)

July 17, 2016, 2:15pm-4:30pm (UTC-8)
Totoro

  • Wilderness (10 min)
  • Utter surprise (20 min)
  • Waiting impatiently (30 min)
  • A little snack (10 min)
  • Lurking in the shadows (10 min)
  • Heading into the unknown (30 min)

July 17, 2016, 7:45pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Soap Opera Tropes

  • Coming back from the dead (10 min)
  • Screaming match (20 min)
  • Turning it up to eleven (30 min)
  • Melodramatic pause (10 min)
  • Wedding day drama (20 min)
  • Family ties (30 min)
  • Convenient timing (10 min)
  • Medical miracle (20 min)
  • Keeping a big secret (30 min)
  • Alternate personalities (5 min)

July 18, 2016, 10:20am-12:30pm (UTC-8)
Linguistic Doublets Part 3

  • Frenetic and frantic (10 min)
  • Cave and cavern (20 min)
  • Price, prize, praise, pry (30 min)
  • Corn, kernel and grain (10 min)
  • Pique, pike (20 min)
  • Mister, master, meister, maestro, mistral (10 min)

July 19, 2016, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Owl Sprints

  • Anticipation (10 min)
  • Locomotion (20 min)
  • They’re everywhere (30 min)
  • Curious contraption (10 min)
  • Third wheel (20 min)
  • A kiss (30 min)
  • Weighing in (10 min)
  • Unconventional friends (10 min)

July 20, 2016, 7:35am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Dark Idioms

  • A dark horse (10 min)
  • A shot in the dark (30 min)
  • Left in the dark (30 min)
  • Dark cloud on the horizon (30 min)
  • Deep dark secret (30 min)
  • Whistle in the dark (30 min)
  • Darkest hour just before the dawn (5 min)

July 20, 2016, 12:35pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
Headlines from Nature, July 21, 2016 Issue

  • Reward the forgotten (10 min)
  • Gotta name them all (20 min)
  • Make its mark (30 min)
  • Specialize not hybridize (10 min)
  • Rare source of joy (20 min)
  • The unsung heroes (20 min)

July 21, 2016, 2:50pm-4:50pm (UTC-8)
Fantasy Tropes Part 1

  • Quest (10 min)
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy (30 min)
  • Magic item (10 min)
  • Unusual creature (30 min)
  • Dark lord (10 min)

July 21, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from December 2015

  • To brew or not to brew (10 min)
  • Enemy in the dark (20 min)
  • Buying freedom (30 min)
  • What’s broken between us (10 min)
  • Ash and silver (20 min)
  • Kill without mercy (20 min)
  • The cost of the forbidden (30 min)

July 22, 2016, 8:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January 2016

  • A new arrival (10 min)
  • Compromised identity (20 min)
  • Dearly departed (30 min)
  • Fully committed (10 min)
  • Worst contact (20 min)
  • Suspect witness (30 min)
  • Dangerous rescue (10 min)
  • Dark homecoming (20 min)

July 22, 2016, 5:30pm-8:30pm (UTC-8)
Book Titles from February 2016

  • Stealing the game (10 min)
  • This was not the plan (30 min)
  • Little white lies (30 min)
  • Betrayed (30 min)
  • Dare to run (30 min)
  • Ways to disappear (15 min)

July 22, 2016, 10:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Book Titles from January 2013

  • Divide and conquer (10 min)
  • Scent of darkness (30 min)
  • Footprints in the sand (20 min)
  • Slither (10 min)
  • A conflict of interest (30 min)
  • Monkey business (20 min)
  • Stone cold revenge (20 min)

July 23, 2016, 7:45am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Fantasy Tropes Part 2

  • Dungeon (10 min)
  • Henchmen (20 min)
  • Dramatic entrance (30 min)
  • Handsome villain (10 min)
  • Hard won escape (30 min)

July 23, 2016, 8:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Airport Sprints Part 1

  • Waiting (10 min)
  • Unruly children (20 min)
  • Incomprehensible announcements (30 min)
  • Red eye (10 min)

July 23, 2016, 7:15am-9:00am (UTC-5)
Airport Sprints Part 2

  • Barely awake (10 min)
  • Slow transportation (20 min)
  • Too many people (30 min)
  • Regulations (20 min)

July 29, 2016, 8:20am-10:30am (UTC-5)
Florida

  • Too humid (20 min)
  • Scuttling lizards (10 min)
  • Clear skies (30 min)
  • Turning up the heat (15 min)
  • A departure (15 min)

July 29, 2016, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Y Idioms

  • Yellow journalism (10 min)
  • Yoke around someone’s neck (20 min)
  • You can bet your life (30 min)
  • You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar (10 min)
  • You can’t please everyone (20 min)
  • You got me there (30 min)
  • You name it (10 min)
  • Young at heart (20 min)
  • You can say that again (30 min)
  • Your own worst enemy (10 min)
  • You can run but you can’t hide (20 min)
  • You have to be good to be lucky (30 min)
  • You snooze, you lose (10 min)
  • You’ve got to be kidding (20 min)
  • Your number is up (10 min)

July 30, 2016, 4:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Florida Tour

  • Trolly/tour bus/boat (10 min)
  • Shopping/getting coffee/exploring (20 min)
  • Break down (15 min)
  • Seeing sights/bridge (30 min)
  • Chased by a crab (15 min)
  • Chased by gators and snakes (10 min)
  • Discovering ruins (20 min)
  • Arriving back at the beginning (10 min)

July 30, 2016, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
W Idioms Part 1

  • Wait for it (10 min)
  • Wake up on the wrong side of the bed (20 min)
  • Walk on the wild side (30 min)
  • Wall of silence (10 min)
  • War of nerves (20 min)

July 31, 2016, 1:30pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
W Idioms Part 2

  • Warm the cockles of someone’s heart (10 min)
  • Warning shot (15 min)
  • Warts and all (15 min)
  • Washed up (15 min)
  • Waste not, want not (15 min)
  • Watch one’s step (15 min)
  • Water under the bridge (15 min)
  • Wax eloquent (15 min)
  • Wear down (15 min)

July 31, 2016, 7:15pm-4:00am (UTC-8)
T Idioms

  • Tail wagging the dog (5 min)
  • Take a chance (20 min)
  • Talk it up (30 min)
  • Tall tale (10 min)
  • Tangle with (10 min)
  • Tar with the same brush (20 min)
  • Team up (30 min)
  • Tempest in a teapot (10 min)
  • Thank your lucky stars (20 min)
  • That takes the cake (15 min)
  • There’s no love lost (20 min)
  • Tip of the iceberg (30 min)
  • Tempt fate (30 min)
  • Test the water (20 min)
  • Top of one’s game (10 min)
  • Touch and go (20 min)
  • Tried and true (30 min)
  • Throw a curve (15 min)
  • Time is running out (20 min)
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