#NaNoWriMo – Reader & Writer Challenges, Part 1

It’s November 2, and I suppose if I had been on the ball with everything, I would have started making these posts yesterday instead of today. I was traveling, and then I got caught up in working on a fun project. (It isn’t even a Dae Portals book! I’m just playing around on something new because I can.)

I’ll begin with the Reader Challenge, since everyone who loves books can participate. While National Novel Writing Month typically focuses on the writers, so many of us are readers, too. Today’s reading challenge is a book hunt–of a title you’ve already read.

If you haven’t read a title fitting this criteria, you get to go find one and add it to your “To be Read” pile. Try to prioritize it to sooner in your lineup to keep with the spirit of the challenge! (Or cheat and locate a passage in a book you haven’t read yet.)

the reader challenge

Name a title containing a unicorn. The unicorn can come in any format; it can be a character (such as in the Last Unicorn) or it can be a mention of a mythical beast. Share why you like or dislike this title–and if you could change any one thing about the book, what would you change?

It’s okay if you think the book is perfect. If you think this is the case, why is it the perfect book?

My Answer: The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Anne Pierce. There’s nothing I would change about this book. It’s written for a younger audience, and it does such a fantastic job of bringing the legendary to life… and turning humans into strange and mythical beasts.

writer challenges

Since the reader challenge today is about unicorns, the writer challenges shall focus on these wonderful and strange beasts.

plot challenge

Include a unicorn in your novel; it can be a mention in dialogue, as an actual character, or as a tidbit of fact, fantasy, or general flavor. The unicorn need not be real, so long as you include one in your book.

Bonus points if the unicorn actually alters your plot.

If you choose to do the following character challenge, have the character drop and break their favorite unicorn-themed mug.

character challenge

To help facilitate the plot challenge, write a character who is obsessed with unicorns. This obsession should affect their everyday life. They own a unicorn mug, and it is their favorite thing in the world.

Word challenge


From Dictionary.Reference.com. 
1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.
Juxtaposition by Piers Anthony is, indeed, a novel containing unicorns.
theme challenge

Lost Youth.

This theme trope is about the transition from childhood to adulthood, and features the moment where a young adult realizes their childhood has–or is–slipping out of their fingers.

One of your characters is going through this in your novel. Attempt to capture this moment and have it affect the entire novel.

SnakeHeadGlyphHappy Writing, folks!

Disclaimer: I have no official capacity relating to National Novel Writing Month. I’m merely a participant who enjoys the program. If you want to learn more about National Novel Writing Month, please visit the site for more information!

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