"Kaide did his level best not to notice the lacy underwear this ferret happened to be sporting. As ferrets were not usually his style and he found them on the whole unattractive, he stood and bowed deeply to her. 'My Lady Dileen.' Forcing himself to kiss her tiny hand and doing his level best to have no vision of Dilan in his head, he took his leave of the beautiful and elegant young feminine ferret dressed in the thigh-split crimson cocktail dress."
In 2005, a lady attended our pre-NaNo meetup and suggested that we have a major regional dare. Her personal suggestion was that we all try to include a ferret into our stories. Needless to say, with the strange effect NaNo can have, some of these turned out a little... oddly.
Unfortunately that was the sole event that year the lady in question attended, but her suggestion sparked not only such traumatic additions to novels as the above, but a trend of creating and sharing dares on the regional forum. It's always interesting (if not a little weird) to see where they can lead...
During the NaNo 2009 Kickoff Party, wrimos had the option to choose either a pre-decorated pet rock (idea courtesy of Tim Yao, at-the-time Naperville ML) or decorated one of their own. Only a few hours later the heady combination of pet rocks and magnetic poetry got the better of our heroic writers and LolRocks were created.
Since approximately 2014, our pre-NaNo event has included a sharing game. Every writer jots down the basic premise of their NaNo on a card—as detailed or Spartan as they prefer—which is then passed around the group for the other writers to ask questions, jot down observations and even include dares.
The ideas can range from the sublime to the ridiculous and might, if you're lucky, even be helpful.
Storymatic Mondays are a very simple idea: four or so cards drawn from the Storymatic deck — at least two gold character cards and two red situation cards — and the challenge is to write something based on the cards. It doesn't have to be a novel, or even a short story: just a quick character sketch or the bare bones of an idea will do, just so long as it's something, once a week, to keep you writing outside of NaNo.
We'd love it if you'd share with us too. Just tag us or reply to the #StorymaticMonday post on our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook pages, or visit the NaNo forums' dedicated post.
You can also find all the posts for each Monday over on the dedicated Storymatic Monday page.