Writing Prompt: Christmas Acrostic

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OK, so unless you’ve been living under a rock in the outback with no internet connection, you can’t have failed to notice it’s getting close to Christmas.

If you’re anything like me you will have been fighting this whole festive thing since it started in September – I mean seriously, let’s at least enjoy celebrating Halloween properly before we even contemplate getting out the tinsel!

But now it is a mere few weeks away, perhaps it is time to really embrace the Christmas spirit – mince pies, fairy lights and all – so that you can enjoy it before it whooshes past in a whirlwind of wrapping paper, silver bows and baubles.

So with that in mind, your writing challenge should you choose to accept it is: Write a Christmas acrostic poem.

This is simple. Spell out the letters of C.h.r.i.s.t.m.a.s. down the left hand side of a page, and then write a verse for each line beginning with the appropriate letter. I first did this back in primary (elementary) school, and my Mum still gets it out every year now.

You don’t need to spend hours creating a masterpiece, although do that if you feel inspired, but just have fun with it. Enjoy the process of creating something festive. It might just get you into the Christmas mood. And who knows, if it’s really good, show your mum – she may just decide to get it out every year from now on, too! ūüéĄūüéÖūüŹĽūüéĀ

Via: https://www.bustle.com/p/25-writing-prompts

How NaNoWriMo Feels | In Pictures

If you are partaking in NaNoWriMo, you might recognise this pattern well by now. You may even have made most of these statements at one time or another – and if you haven’t yet, rest assured, you will! It goes something like this:

Just know that every single one of us is also going through this same pattern too, so at least you are not alone. Roll with it, and keep writing!

Good luck x

8 Best-Sellers Started During National Novel Writing Month

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If you are doing NaNoWriMo, you will know by now that just getting it done is a challenge. So in order to provide you with some inspiration to keep going, here are 8 bestsellers that started out as NaNoWriMo projects.

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. Yes, the book that was on the best-seller lists for over a year, that was so popular that you read it in three different book clubs, and was turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, started as a NaNo novel. This book is easily one of the biggest NaNoWriMo success stories, except for maybe…

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. The buzz for this best seller was everywhere in 2011, and judging by its rapturous reviews and strong sales (not to mention the fact that the movie rights were snapped up by the producers of the Harry Potter films), the hype was warranted. Not bad for something that began as 50,000 words of unconnected scenes and imagery. What eventually became The Night Circus began life in 2004, seven years before it was finally published.

Fangirl,¬†by Rainbow Rowell.¬†Granted, Rowell had already published her first novel,¬†Attachments, and sold her second,¬†Eleanor & Park, when she sat down to write¬†Fangirl¬†in 2011. And though the book ended up being double the 50,000-word monthly goal, she credits the exercise for forcing her to dive into the world of her story and characters like never before, producing¬†‚Äúsome of the bravest writing‚Ä̬†she‚Äôs ever done.

Wool, by Hugh Howey. Howey’s dystopian sci-fi novel is one of those credited with putting self-publishing on the map: after selling tens of thousands of ebooks directly to readers, he signed a six-figure deal with a major publisher. Wool was originally issued as five separate novellas; Howey wrote three of them (and even published one!) in November 2011.

The Darwin Elevator,¬†by Jason M. Hough.¬†Hough‚Äôs first NaNoWriMo attempt resulted in a 50,280-word novel that¬†‚Äúfell apart‚Ä̬†after one good chapter. His second eventually became a¬†New York Times¬†best seller, the first in a trilogy of sci-fi thrillers that has earned the author comparisons to recent Hugo Award‚Äďwinner John Scalzi.

Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer. Each of the three books in Meyer’s successful YA series of futuristic reimaginings of classic fairytales began as NaNoWriMo projects. How’s that for consistency?

Hopefully, proof that all your pain can amount to something positive will have reignited those burning desires that got you taking part in the madness in the first place. Now, back to the writing desk with you!

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Via: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/8-best-sellers-started-during-national-novel-writing-month/