2017 November 30 Prompt

During the 2017 NaNoWriMo event in November, Writers in the Grove members offer these prompts to provide inspiration and incentive to keep you going during the self-competition to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You may find NaNoWriMo prompts from previous years and prompts from our weekly workshops.

Today’s NaNoWriMo prompt is:

The answer to my dreams stood before me. What was holding me back?

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, or wish to, Writers in the Grove offers an extensive range of NaNoWriMo tips and techniques to help you through the month long writing project.


It’s A Scary Thing (A Tribute to NaNoWriMo)

Written from the Prompt at Writers in the Grove on Monday, October 26. Halloween type stories.


I’ve got a month-long challenge in front of me, to write almost 2,000 words a day and keep track of my progress.

I’m not sure which scares me more, the writing or the keeping track. I signed up a week ago and even the website gave me chills. This is just another thing I have to learn while doing the writing that I love.

My inner struggle keeps casting doubts on all my good intentions. The waffle-factor is showing itself to be a large, looming obstacle to overcome. I feel the need to keep plowing through until the writing can start to flow.

“Like a bull in a china shop,” I heard that phrase often throughout the years. They were always looking straight at me when they were verbalizing the clique’.

It’s not that I want to bulldoze my way through life. I would much rather be a dainty little flower with time to envelope the day in loving embrace and have the ability to fill nay-sayers with quiet consolation.

Instead, I bang, twist and impale while tearing apart ideas, methods and plans before finding a balance of thoughts for the writing to begin.

Doggedly, I will be sharpening my cleaver, dusting off the sledge hammer, and lifting mental weights daily until November 1st, before advancing laboriously into the challenge of NaNoWriMo.