NaNoWordSprints Prompts from November 2019

Here are the prompts I tweeted out on NaNoWordSprints during this year’s main NaNoWriMo event!

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November 4, 2019, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Vintage Postcards

10 min
hands across the sea
20 min in olden days
30 min travel lodge
10 min bridge
20 min
you don’t know beans
30 min
I was out all night
10 min help
20 min resting place
30 min
nothing compares
10 min transportation
20 min costume
15 min
strange contraptions


November 6, 2019, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Lost Words

10 min boscaresque adj
picturesque; scenically wooded
20 min chermadic adj
of a heavy weight used as a projectile
30 min aretaloger n
braggart; one who boasts about his own accomplishments
10 min essomenic adj
showing things as they will be in the future
20 min diffibulate v
to unbutton; to unbuckle
30 min nubivagant adj
moving throughout or among clouds
10 min pudify v
to cause to be ashamed
20 min rimestock n
old almanac with runic writings
30 min quaeritate v
to question; to inquire
5 min occulcation n
act of treading on or trampling


November 9, 2019, 9:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Parallel Dimensions

10 min fear
20 min
forgetting the directions
30 min
don’t rock the boat
10 min whack a mole
20 min into the woods


November 9, 2019, 11:45am-1:30pm (UTC-8)
BART Sprints

20 min tunnel vision
30 min transferring
10 min getting lunch
20 min foreshadowing


November 11, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Birthday Cake Sprints

10 min the cake is a lie
20 min icing on the cake
30 min
it should be a cakewalk
10 min
that takes the cake
20 min
to have one’s cake and eat it


November 12, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
C Idioms

30 min
chain of command
30 min close call
30 min cold feet
30 min
can’t see the forest for the trees
30 min
change your mind


November 13, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
G Idioms

30 min gather dust
30 min get the vapors
30 min
give someone a piece of one’s mind
30 min grasp at straws
30 min guilty pleasure


November 13, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Obscure Words

10 min skiamachy
sham fight; shadow boxing
20 min moilsome laborious
30 min hamartia
flaw in a character leading to his downfall
10 min vespertinal
of, like or pertaining to the evening
20 min kalon
beauty that is more than skin deep


November 16, 2019, 5:00am-7:00am (UTC-8)
The Great Train Escape Part 1

10 min waiting in line
20 min
eagerly anticipating
30 min
extraordinary transport
10 min funny quirk
20 min
interesting diversion


November 16, 2019, 9:30pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
The Great Train Escape Part 2

30 min Delay
15 min Darkness
30 min Delusion


November 17, 2019, 2:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
The Bay Area Binge

10 min ABHilzinger write about food
20 min getbluespheres
your main character is challenged to a duel
30 min hp_anon
a character discovers they have a very mild but inconvenient allergy at an inconvenient time
10 min jennism
start a scene with a version of: “when I confronted him, he denied that he ever said it.”
20 min kattopher
your character wants a little passion but without sweetness – inspired by sugarless passionfruit tea
30 min AngerAndAgony
your main character isn’t paying attention and walks into a phone pole, injuring himself. level/type of injury is up to you
10 min TobyIceBlueEyes
if your character wears a hat, describe it
20 min Goldarn
the mist crept over the hill, leaving a chill in the air that made my bones ache
30 min Goldarn
That’s a manatee, commonly known as a sea cow. Don’t make it mad.
5 min Ixy-pixy
“I’m gonna kick your butt. You had one job and you managed to mess it up?” – “Oh, like I planned on getting stabbed…”


November 18, 2019, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Shakespearean Words

10 min
denotement: careful observation
20 min fobbed: cheated
30 min
villanies: evil qualities
10 min
slubber: make a mess of
20 min
hearts of controversy: in rivalry


November 19, 2019, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Unusual Words

10 min tabefaction
wasting away; emaciation
20 min troat
to bellow like a roaring buck
30 min thymogenic due to emotion
10 min talionic
retributive; like for like
20 min turophile cheese lover


November 20, 2019, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
November 2019 Book Titles

10 min triple trouble
20 min final option
30 min rites of passage
10 min
the other side of power
20 min the cost of honor


November 21, 2019, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
October 2019 Book Titles

10 min restricted access
20 min playing dirty
30 min
courage under fire
10 min
all things being seen
20 min bad memory


November 22, 2019, 6:30pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
September 2019 Book Titles

10 min nothing ventured
20 min with great power
30 min running wild
5 min dark illusion


November 23, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
The Sprint Account Sprints

10 min sneaky villains
20 min
character motivations
10 min deception


November 23, 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
Sesquipedalian Words

10 min arachibutyrophobia
fear of peanut butter sticking to roof of mouth
20 min podobromhydrosis smelly feet
30 min triboluminescence
emission of light caused by friction
10 min chryselephantine
inlaid with gold and ivory
20 min intertesselation
complex interrelationship
30 min autothaumaturgist
person pretending to be mystical or mysterious
10 min rhinotillexomania
compulsive nose picking
5 min kakorrhaphiophobia fear of failure


November 24, 2019, 9:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Drama Tropes

10 min
chaos while they’re not looking
20 min
dangerous terrain
30 min
hanging by the fingers
10 min masquerade ball
20 min
remembered too late


November 24, 2019, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Merriam Webster Word of the Day

10 min sobriquet nickname
20 min dilapidated
decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse
30 min bruit report or rumor
10 min luftmensch
an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income
20 min irascible
marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger
30 min ethereal
lacking material substance : immaterial, intangible; marked by unusual delicacy or refinement
10 min wangle
to resort to trickery
20 min malapert
impudently bold, saucy
30 min stratagem
a cleverly contrived trick or scheme for gaining an end
5 min respite
an interval of rest or relief


November 25, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
August 2019 Book Titles

10 min
here there are monsters
20 min
turning darkness into light
15 min
forbidden alliance
15 min overthrow
10 min
mayhem and madness
20 min
careful what you wish for
dangerous desires
15 min
marked for revenge
10 min stolen things
5 min
security measures


November 25, 2019, 10:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
July 2019 Book Titles

10 min the shameless
20 min
someone to honor
30 min
surfeit of suspects
10 min bad hair day
20 min a distant hope
30 min
symptoms of a heartbreak
10 min isolation
20 min stay and fight
30 min stone cold heart
5 min never look back


November 26, 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)

10 min
best friends forever
20 min
the pot calling the kettle black
30 min silver lining
10 min
throw to the wolves
20 min forbidden fruit
30 min
learning the hard way
10 min
what’s done is done
5 min
tempest in a teapot


November 27, 2019, 6:30pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
L Idioms

10 min
leave no stone unturned
20 min lend a hand
30 min
like a phoenix from the ashes
10 min liquid courage
20 min
let one’s hair down
30 min lay on the line
10 min loose cannon
20 min lost in translation
10 min live on the edge


November 28, 2019, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
T Idioms

10 min take a stand
20 min talk of the devil
30 min thorn in the flesh
10 min throw a tantrum
20 min
there must be something in the water


November 28, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
P Idioms

30 min
paint the town red
10 min pearl-clutching
20 min
peaches and cream
30 min
play fast and loose


November 28, 2019, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
F Idioms

10 min finders, keepers
20 min fashionably late
30 min fight fire with fire
10 min
fall through the cracks
20 min
friends in high places


November 28, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
B Idioms

30 min
beat around the bush
10 min
batten down the hatches
20 min back to the wall
30 min
blood, sweat, and tears
5 min boiling point


November 28, 2019, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
R Idioms

20 min
reduce someone to tears
30 min rock bottom
10 min ride the wave
20 min rough and ready
10 min
reach for the stars


November 29, 2019, 7:15am-9:00am (UTC-8)
W Idioms

5 min
which way the wind is blowing
15 min
wear out one’s welcome
30 min
what was someone thinking
10 min watch one’s step
20 min work wonders