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I thought that I would go ahead and get another NaNo Tip out there. I know, it’s not Tuesday or Thursday… but NaNoWriMo does start on Tuesday, and I know that people are searching and scouring the internet for tips and tricks to make the experience a bit better for themselves. So, I thought that I would get a few more out there, in order to help people as much a possible!

So, one of the things that I find that really helps me is to check out the internet resources for NaNoWriMo. I know, but I’m not tooting my own horn. I actually really love youtube resources for this. Whenever I find myself in a little bit of a slump, or un-inspired, I love to go to youtube and watch videos of other people who are doing NaNoWriMo. There are a ton of wonderful people who vlog for prep, and vlog during NaNoWriMo… and those videos can be a lifesaver for me.

They kind of help me to get focused, but it’s more than that. Seeing other people who are doing NaNoWriMo directly relates to the other tip that I have of joining the writing community. You can’t directly speak with these people, but it’s a way to feel involved. It’s a way to show you that other people are writing, other people are participating, and quite often other people are having the same struggles and worries that you do. It helps you to realize that you aren’t the only one feeling the way that you do… and honestly, giving yourself an hour to watch youtube videos will also give your mind a chance to recover and rest. Sometimes it’s good just to hit the restart button before you dive back into writing. Watching other people talk about their writing, their planning? It’s a great way to keep yourself in the NaNo mind frame without working yourself. It’s a good break.

If you aren’t a big person on watching youtube videos, there are also a ton of bloggers out there who are also participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m personally going to be posting blogs about it daily, because I think that it’s important to have that as a resource for people. I know that I’m not the only one though. There are a ton of people who blog about NaNo, and they’ll also help you feel like part of the community, and give you something to read and distract yourself while you’re going.

The only thing that I very much recommend you keep in mind while you search out your fellow NaNo-ers is to never compare yourself. You aren’t going to do anyone any favors if you look at someone who has more words than you and you get upset. You aren’t in competition with the world… you’re in competition with yourself, and the most important thing for you to remember is that you’re going to have more words than you started with come December. You’re doing something amazing, and you can’t trivialize that by comparing what you’re doing to what anyone else is doing. So… search for those videos and those blogs, but make sure that you don’t compare yourself to them. Instead of wasting that energy, why don’t you use it to leave them a kind comment instead? Because, whether it feels that way or not, I’m sure that they’re also struggling, and they also need pep talks and help!

But yes, that’s my bit of advice for today. I’m binging on NaNo videos while I work on my last bit of prep, and it’s been a damn exciting thing for me. It’s getting me completely stoked and completely excited. As a side note, remember to also join writing groups if you can! If you don’t have one, there’s a link to my discord in my signature, and you’re more than welcome to join it! We’re super friendly and we have NaNo Specific rooms!

Regardless of how you feel involved, make sure you do! One of the greatest things about NaNoWriMo is the access that it gives you to a wonderful writing community. Monopolize on that!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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We are nearing the end of the month, so we’re nearing the end of these writing prompts. I’m still going to be doing daily blogs, as I said before, but I wanted to go ahead and get the rest of the prompts out there! I’ll be responding to some of these over the next few days, and I’d love to see your responses as well!


Prompt #28

“Before he could swat it away, it slithered beneath her skin.”


Prompt #29

You wake up in a room covered in blood – the problem is, none of the blood is yours.


Prompt #30

Write a new spin on an old Urban Legend.


Prompt #31

Write a Horror Story that takes place on Halloween!


So, there we are! Those are the last Horror Writing Prompts for Halloween! I’d really love to see what you guys come up with. It’s been such an adventure, and I love writing prompts.

I’ll probably be writing about NaNoWriMo for the next two days, and that is what my blogs will consist of for all of November! In December, we will get back to our regularly scheduled blogging program!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! It’s Thursday, Friday, because yesterday my 4thewords app ate all of my words on this blog (my fault, not the sites) and that means that it’s time for another tips and tricks Blog for NaNoWriMo! Is everyone excited? It’s less than a week away now, and I’m honestly starting to get extremely antsy for it. As usual, I have a thousand ideas racing around in my head, and I’ve been tempted to completely throw out what I thought I was going to work on to plot something all new. That’s actually where my tip is going to come from today.

Follow your muse.

No, I’m not talking about only writing when your muse feels like it, because she’s in a flowing white gown and the lighting is just right, and the moonlight is poetic enough that maybe, maybe, if you ply her with chocolate and sweets and coffee she’ll come out so you can play.

I don’t believe in letting the muse be quite so in control, to be quite honest. So, before I dive into the tip that I actually meant to give you, I guess I’m going to give you another one. You can’t only write when you feel like it – especially for NaNo.

You’re working on a novel – you’re working on something that’s clearly important to you. Your writing is clearly important to you. If someone really loves sports and wants to excel, they practice. Even when they don’t want to. If someone really loves music and they want to excel, they practice. Even when they don’t want to. 

If you really love writing, you should practice. Even when you don’t want to.

Are you getting where I’m going with this? I’m not saying that you have to write all of the time – I’m just saying that if it is something that is important to you… it’s probably something that you should put effort into practicing. And if it’s something that you want to do professionally? It’s really, really something that you should put a daily effort into. Yeah, the professionals don’t have to write all day every day… but you know what? They had to practice to get to where they are. They had to figure out how to hone and perfect their craft, and they’re still learning as they go.

So, that’s my little piece of advice that I actually didn’t mean to give in this blog. Treat your writing with the same respect as you would anything else that you want to get good at – yeah, it is something that is based on your creativity; take your muse hostage though. Tie that bitch up and stuff it into the closet, and only feed it after it has given you what you want, mkay?

In all seriousness, don’t wait around for some magical being to strike you with creativity. Don’t only write when you feel like it. Write even when you don’t – write when you don’t think that you can write. Eventually, even though it seems like it was hard at first, it will become a habit, and it will become something that you can do, even on those terrible days when you don’t feel like it. You’ll do it because you can, because you practiced, and because writing every day is something that is a part of you.

Okay… I’ve completely derailed from the actual reason that I was writing this blog. You know how I just told you to put your muse in a hostage situation…? Well… uh… you do still need to follow it though. What I mean by that is that you should pay attention to what your brain is interested in, and what you want to do for your writing project. I’ve had a lot of people in my writing group this year who have already talked to or approached the subject of the fact that they aren’t sure what they want to write this year. They had an idea that they developed at the beginning of October.

The problem with coming up with an idea at the beginning of October when you’re a creative person is that your brain has a lot of trouble settling on just that one idea. So you plot, you plan, you get pictures, you make playlists… and you find that you still have two weeks until NaNo begins and a million ideas kind of nagging at the back of your mind.

Yeah, I actually had that happen to me last year. I had my novel idea all set out – RipTide was going to be about post-apocalyptic mermaid things. (Yeah, bad explanation, but the explanation isn’t what this blog is actually about.)

Half way through doing my 31 Horror Prompts for October, I came up with this story about a boy whose mother sold her soul, and his soul, in order to get pregnant and be able to keep a baby. The whole fate of Heaven and Hell rested on his shoulders, and I wrote this really awesome scene about an angel who didn’t look anything less than a monster.

Oopse. I didn’t mean it – I really didn’t… but somehow, that one scene that was only a few thousand words ended up starting a novel idea that I couldn’t shake. I couldn’t stop myself from wanting to write it. I couldn’t stop my mind from developing a plot… so, instead of freaking out, instead of spending all of November wishing that I’d worked on Angelblade instead of RipTide… I made a decision.

I worked on both.

Sometimes, you  have to follow your muse. I’ve told this to everyone who has asked me advice on this particular subject.

What do I do if I have two projects that I really want to work on?

Work on both. I promise, your mind will usually sort things out for you. I did about 15,000 words on Angelblade, and about 80,000 on RipTide. My mind figured out what project it really wanted to focus on… but by not putting myself into a box and only letting myself go the conventional route of one book, I didn’t have regrets, and I didn’t stop RipTide half way through November because I was so frustrated with the fact that I didn’t just write Angelblade instead.

So, yeah, that’s my NaNo Tip for you today – listen to your muse, and follow it… but don’t let it dictate when you write. Your muse is there to give you ideas, and it’s there to gentle urge you along… but you are a writer, and you don’t need your muse to write. You can do it just fine all on your own.

With NaNo only a few short days away, I hope that everyone is prepared! I’m probably going to do daily update/tip blogs come November, and then in December, we will get back to our regularly scheduled blogging program. I’m really glad that you guys are enjoying these tips and tricks, and if there’s anything that you wanted me to talk about, just leave it in the comments below. I promise, I’ll do my best to help you through whatever it is that you need help with.

So, until… not next tip. There won’t be another Tips in October. Guys… NaNo starts this coming Tuesday. So, the next NaNo blog you get from me will be my Day One Update.

That’s pretty damn exciting.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsHey, everyone. I’ve clearly continued with my “I’m behind on doing my writing prompt responses.” And I very well may continue that for a bit more. I’m hoping to catch up over this weekend, but we’ll see. I will, however, continue to post the prompts ❤ And I’m playing catch up with that today. I actually kind of like doing them in a big post though, because it gives the people who don’t want to do daily prompts a variety all in one place.

Anyway, NaNo is getting closer and closer, so I encourage you to apply these prompts to your characters, if you can. After all, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Prompt #25

“There’s a body-shaped gap in the thick forest brush that wasn’t there before. Upon closer inspection, each of the branches around the gap are seared as if burned.”

Prompt #26

You wake up one day to find your dead husband/best friend sitting in your living room.

Prompt #27

The smell beneath the floorboards was getting worse every day

So, there we go. Three new prompts. I think that they’ll be pretty fun to tackle. I tried to make sure that they each had a different type of feel to them. Bonus points for you guys if you can work in your MC’s from your NaNo novel this year for the prompts – if you do that, make sure to link me back when you post it. I”d love to see what you’re writing, and I’m going to compile and post everything together after you’ve done it.

Even though I’ve been getting behind on these prompts, it has still been a real adventure for me. I really love posting prompts – I usually only do it once a week… and that’s completely manageable for me to complete. Though one every day has been a bit much, just coming up with the prompts is a fun and creative process for me. I’m glad that you guys have been enjoying it as much as you have, and you can rest assured that I’m going to do this again for next Halloween!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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header-nano-tipsHey, everyone! I’m here with another Tip for you in preparation for NaNoWriMo! It’s going to be here before we know it, so we’re all doing those last minute searches for everything that we can that will help us to defeat the monster that we’re about to engage! Actually, that was 2 years ago, right? Slaying dragons. This year we’re… blasting off?

Are we defeating aliens?

I don’t know. It doesn’t matter… the point is, we’re so close to NaNo that we’re all scrambling for those last minute tips and tricks that will help us to accomplish our goals.

I’m going to give you some advice that comes from someone who has participated in NaNo multiple times. It’s some of the best advice that I can give:

Plan on getting ahead.

Seriously – the first week, you’re going to be more energized than any other week that you’re doing NaNo. Your story is going to be fresh, you’re going to be extremely hyped… you’re going to be on this cloud of, “Wow, I’m an author, I am writing a book and I’m amazing.”

Come week two, you’re going to be tired, your fingers will hurt… your body will be wondering why there’s so much blood in its caffeine stream. By week three, you’re going to have done that cardinal rule that you shouldn’t do and look at what you wrote. Lamenting will happen, you’ll wonder why you’re even doing this! And then the last expanse of NaNo will get here, and you’ll get re-energized, re-excited. You’ll realize that you’re writing a novel that you’re almost finished with! You’ll charge through that last little bit like a pro… and you’ll finish NaNo with Pride!

But, let’s get back to that first week. That first week is really where you set the stage – you’re going to be tempted to have bad days, more than likely… so the best thing that you can do is prepare to get ahead. Set your goals higher in week one – it doesn’t have to be by much, but setting them to something more than just the 1,667 while you have all of that extra energy and excitement is really a great thing to do.

For myself, I try to have a 10k first day. It sounds extreme, but it honestly isn’t. If you have good friends, or an internet writing group (check on joining my Discord in my signature if you don’t <3), you can do sprints all day. You don’t realize how much you’re writing until you’ve done 5 or 6 sprints, and you’re already well past your word goal for the day and you still have energy.

I, personally, start writing at midnight and try to at least make my wordgoal of 1,667 before I go to bed. That way, when I wake up the next day and start writing, everything is new and fresh, but I’m really adding extra on. If I can manage that 10k first day, it gives me so much wiggle room. It gives me a chance to breath… and a chance during week 2 and 3 blues to have those days where I can’t write as much as I would want to.

Ride that first week energy, and ride it as hard and as far as you can. have 2k days instead of 1,667 days. Hell, have 3k days, or 5k days! Do as much as you can, and know that you’re getting ahead on your novel.

And remember, when you’re having those second and third week blues… you’re doing something amazing. You are creating and entire world with just your mind. You’re doing something that so many people can’t do, and you’re an astounding individual for it. Just keep on keeping on, and know that you can always come to my blog to hear words of encouragement, because I belive in you. I really do. You’ve got this.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone. So, here is the response to Prompt #22, and I have to say that it was actually interesting to write. I usually change the perspective when I answer prompts that have the word you in them, but this time, I decided that I was going to experiement and see what happened.

I’m actually kind of pleased with it. I don’t think that I could write an entire book this way, but I do think that I could write a few short stories using this method. Anyway, I’ll let you get right to it! To the story!

Your Thundering Heart

It was the noise that woke you, and the noise that sent your heart to thundering. It jolted hard in your chest, a loud thud, thud, thud that was hard to breathe around. You’d had this problem since you were a child – noises that woke you, and a terror that left you slicked with sweat and cold. Your mother had told you it was all in your head, and your father made fun of you and told you to be braver.

There was never any real sympathy from either of them, because they always seemed to assume that you were just a child, feeling childish feelings. They thought you’d grow out of it – and they were certain that it wasn’t going to be something that followed you into adulthood.

They were wrong.

The noise was loud, and it had sounded like a growl. Your blood feels almost slugging in your veins now, chilled, full of terror that makes you run like ice. It’s a strange sensation – but you know if you close your eyes and concentrate, you can calm yourself.

You’ve had to calm yourself for so many years now that you’ve learned to get a hold on it. Your eyes are opened, you aren’t sleeping anymore. Your nightmares can’t touch you, so you can calm yourself down.

One deep breath, and you need to concentrate on the beating of your heart. It’s thick in your chest, and you know that it’s going to take some time to calm itself… but it always does. One more deep breath, and you focus in on the sound of your heartbeat. You have to concentrate on it, and you have to will it to slow – until your heart slows down, nothing is going to be calm. until you can calm yourself, nothing is going to feel better.

Once you feel better, you can get up – you’ll have a shower, you might get a drink. You’re certainly done sleeping for the night – there’s never any sleeping after one of these episodes, but that’s all right.

People at work are used to the dark bags under your eyes. Your mother and father don’t ask you how you’ve been sleeping anymore, and there’s a part of you that wonders if you’re a disappointment to them after all.

But that doesn’t matter – none of that matters but the beating of your heart, and that’s what you concentrate on.

Thud, thud, thud.

(thud, thud, thud.)

It’s strange – something is wrong. Something about the sound that you’re so used to concentrating on is off, and that’s not okay.

Thud, thud, thud.

(thud, thud, thud.)

You realize that the thundering of your heart has an echo that isn’t coming from you.

So, there we go! I think that the particular method of writing from that perspective was a good exercise in and of itself. I really enjoy doing things differently, because it gives me a chance to grow and expand my writing talents. I strive each and every day to improve myself – I’ll never be content with the level that I’m at, because I’m always reaching for that next step up. I’ll be happy with my talent, and I’ll know that I should try to do something with it, but the moment that you stop wanting to improve is the moment that you give up on ever getting better. 

Anyway, I’d love to see what you guys did with this prompt. With NaNo getting so close, I know that we’re all scrambling to get prepared. I may actually gear my next writing prompt towards previous stories that you guys have written, or what you’re doing to prepare for NaNo! I’ll see if I can come up with something! 

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsHey, everyone! I’m still working on playing Catchup, but I will get there eventually. For now, I’m going to give you my response to prompt #21. I actually already wrote 22, but I can’t post it up until I get this one finished, so, let’s get to it!

The Light

The brightness that had stolen my vision away from me finally faded, and I found myself desperately wishing that it would return. I didn’t want to see what was happening in front of me. I didn’t want to see the fact that there were things there, waiting at the end of that bright light. They’d brought me into the light, spilled from my bed and pulled from my window in a completely impossible fashion – I’d gravitated, floated through the air in the bright beam, without any control of my arms or legs. I’d wanted to scream, but I couldn’t fill my lungs with enough air to make more than a whimpering noise.

Beside me, my husband had been asleep, and he hadn’t so much as twitched or moved when I’d been pulled from the room. As I spilled upward and into the air, the light had intensified – I’d tried to fight, but the brighter that it became, the harder it was for me to even think about moving… until it had stolen my vision away and I didn’t see where it had swept me.

Only, I was seeing it now. Everything was metallic, and pristine – the technology alone was something that I’d never witnessed. I couldn’t wrap my head around what was going on in the background though – all of the beeps and lights meant nothing to me… because the things were standing in front of me, and I couldn’t make sense of them.

They were tall and skeletal – they reminded me of insects, with dark black skin that glittered under the bright lights, and huge disc-like eyes that were somehow darker than the rest of them. Their arms were long, and their fingers had an extra knuckle… and they looked at me with a measure of intelligence that shouldn’t have come from a being that looked so frightening.

And yet, they spoke to each other in a strange language that was more clicking than words, and they approached my still prone body. They didn’t have body language that I understood, and I couldn’t read what was going on in their eyes… but a part of me knew that they had no intentions towards me that were pleasant. It was confirmed when they sidestepped to a table – sharp instruments rested there; knives, needles, things that I couldn’t understand, couldn’t describe. They took them up in those long, impossibly elegant fingers and came towards me.

I tried to suck in enough air to scream. I tried to fight, to move… but the beam of light above me shone brighter, and I couldn’t cry out when the first brush of metal punctured my flesh.

So, aliens. Aliiiens. Ahem. Honestly, though, I think that a lot of people have the fear of aliens. I can’t imagine them as strange little gray men, but I can imagine them as something terrifying and too cruel for their own good. Scientists, here specifically to learn what they can from humans, like we do from the poor animals we have in labs. Anyway, this was a really fun prompt to write – I’m sure that people can take it in so many different ways. I really enjoy seeing what everyone can come up with – as writers, we all have so many different stories inside of us.

It’s just up to us to let them out.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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I told you guys that I would try to incorporate your previous writing into this prompt. I did some thinking – if you don’t have previous work, just apply it to a character from scratch.


Prompt #24

Your main character has suddenly been dropped into their worst nightmare.
What is it?


Oh, this actually sounds extremely interesting, even for me. I really can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! It’s a good practice for NaNoWriMo – you can do it for your as of yet undeveloped characters. Get a little development going!

I hope that you guys enjoyed the prompts. Make sure if you end up writing one of them that you link back to me! At the end of the month, I’ll get a compilation fo all of the prompts posted up, so that everyone can see what we’ve done together during the month!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsOkay everyone! I know I meant to get these out yesterday, but I am getting to it today. I apologize for the enormous story influx that is going to happen. Let’s get started with Prompt #20!

Morgue

The morgue was colder than he remembered – he’d been in it a dozen times before, keeping his eyes half closed, averting his gaze from the bodies that laid out on the cool steel tables. He didn’t want to look death in the face, and he didn’t want to realize that half of them were already decayed.

Television had given people a misconstrued idea about the state of bodies when they came to the coroner’s office. So often, they were in perfect, pristine order. So often, people found them before they’d even had a chance to fall apart, to bloat, to rot.

He knew better – he’d known better since before he could remember. He’d been in the morgue when he was a young thing, with his father. They lived atop it… and the business was thriving. There was no amount of people who weren’t ready to go to their grave, their tomb. There was an endless amount of people milling around each and every day who were preparing themselves for death. They didn’t realize it, but they certainly were ticking time bombs. Every human body was simply waiting for death – whether it was in their sleep of old age, or full of gore and pain… it was coming for everyone.

Sometimes he wondered why he walked through the morgue – sometimes, he wasn’t sure why he willingly gave himself nightmares. The darkness didn’t conceal the smell that spilled through the chilled air, and nothing could still the haunting sensation of walking amongst so many dead bodies.

There were times when he thought that he could hear them breathing.

Still, he did it – he walked with no real purpose, other than to immerse himself in their presence. They meant nothing to him – they were just a feast for worms, people that he didn’t know… but he felt the need to be around them.

He felt the need to look at them, to know that they were cold, and there.

A small, shuddering sigh escaped him – his eyes lifted when he came to the end of the room. Metal table after metal table was lined up. It had been a busy day for his father – a car pile up on the highway had brought fresh bodies to the chilled room; it smelled metallic, like blood. It smelled like death and pain, and he knew that the smell would linger for a few days. Even though all of their blood had been removed, even though the traces of it had been washed away… it would still linger.

It was a permanent thing in the chilled air, and it was a scent that sometimes caught in the vents and wafted into the house above the morgue.

His eyes spilled over the rows of metal – over the bodies that sat atop of them. Some were unscathed – they’d died of necks snapping or some other, internal issue.

There were others though that were in pieces. He could see them, laid out neat, like someone might play with a dollie that they’d ripped apart. It was hard to tell where the whole person had been, sometimes.

His back pressed against the cold wall, and another small, shuddering sigh escaped him. He was here – like he always seemed to be. He was here, and it didn’t make things any better. He held up his hands, ethereal, ghostly.

He held up his hands that hadn’t been in corporeal form for a decade. His father’s hair was white, but he still looked like the teen that he’d been when he’d fallen ill. His father had tried, but in the end… he’d come to this room, too. In the end, he knew that everyone ended up in the Morgue.

So, uh, that was randomly dark, and I super apologize. Still, I wonder if the son of a mortician would end up haunting the morgue, instead of somewhere else. It’s interesting to think about, and it’s certainly something that I may end up touching on later. As with a ton of my stories, it’s something that I’m probably going to revisit. That’s the beauty of doing writing prompts, though – so often, you think that you’re just going to write a tiny story, and you end up writing something huge that turns into a short story, a novella… even a novel.

I’ve had it happen multiple times, myself.

I’d love to hear about when it’s happened with you guys as well. Writing is such a beautiful and amazing thing, and it can take us on so many paths. NaNoWriMo is soon approaching, and I know that not everyone has their novel idea – if you don’t have it yet, feel free to use anything that you get from these prompts and expand upon it.

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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horror-promptsHey, everyone! I’m going to get today’s prompt posted up, so that I can go ahead and start posting my backlog of responses that I haven’t done. I hope you guys have been enjoying yourselves, because I certainly have. Anyway, onward and upward, right?

Write something using this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlMnX_u6kE

Your theme is to also use the picture that is included as the picture for the music. So… scary babies, scary music.

Scary babies. That should be something to give you a pause and a thought. I don’t think that I’ve ever posted a prompt that has this particular potential, so hopefully you guys will enjoy it!

I hope that you guys enjoyed the prompts. Make sure if you end up writing one of them that you link back to me! At the end of the month, I’ll get a compilation fo all of the prompts posted up, so that everyone can see what we’ve done together during the month!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

Twitter | Patreon | NaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost | My Writing Group
Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

My Discord Group (click to join) is starting to rev up for NaNoWriMo! If you want some help with plotting and a group to stay steady with after, feel free to click and join!