30-Day Novel Writing Challenge

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  • Genre (noun) a style or category of art, music, or literature.
  • Viewpoint (noun) a person’s opinion or point of view.
  • Structure (noun) the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex.
  • Technique (noun) a way of carrying out a particular task.
  • Repetition (noun) the action of repeating something that has already been said or written.
  • Foreshadowing (verb) warning or indicating (a future event).
  • Tension (noun) the state of being stretched tight.
  • Resources (noun) a source of help or information.
  • Refer (referring) (verb) mention or allude to.

What is it and what can I expect?

Hello! I’m so excited to welcome you to the 30 day novel writing challenge. This month is all about giving you the tools to start writing.

Every day we will look at a different aspect of writing. We will examine the basics: genre, plot, character, use of language, viewpoint, structure. We will look at specific techniques – repetition, foreshadowing, building tension, etc – we will do this in order for you to fully understand and, therefore use, these tools.

Each day you will receive at least one prompt which will direct you to write. In addition to this, we will look at a lot of multimedia resources. I find I write most when I’m inspired by other people’s art. Therefore, we will look at extracts from novels, clips from films, poems and music to inspire you to put pen to paper.

By the end of the month you will have at least the first chapter of your novel completed. You will feel confident and encouraged to continue with your project, referring to your arsenal of tools. The best piece of advice I’ve ever heard is “in order to write you must read a lot and write a lot.” We will be doing just that.

Example prompt

I want you to imagine that you are on a boat and write a descriptive scene.

Listen to this music as inspiration and think about the following questions:

  • What can you see? Feel? Taste? Smell? Touch?
  • Do you like the water? Do you get seasick?
  • What animals are around you?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • Who are you with?

(Blue Planet II, Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming)

Wrap up

November is going to be a busy, exciting month. If you want to take part in the 30-day novel writing challenge, then you can join the group and every day you’ll receive an update. You can also post your writing into the comments below and receive feedback and encouragement.

And I forgot to mention one of the most exciting things – every Sunday you choose what we should discuss and what kind of prompt you’d like.

If you have any questions about the 30-day novel writing challenge you can post them below. From all of us here at Intrepid English, have a good day and we’ll see you soon!

Taking part is simple! If you’re not yet a member of Intrepid English, then click here to sign up. If you are a member, then all you have to do is join the 30-day novel writing challenge group which you can find in the group page below.

This content was written and recorded by Intrepid English Teacher Thomas.

You can find out more about Thomas on his Intrepid English Teacher Profile Page.

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