novel push initiative: day one

It is marathon time. No, not for running; I’m a lazy person. Marathon writing time!

Yes, you read that right: today the Novel Push Initiative begins. Here come 3 weeks of daily writing.

I sat in front of my screen, pondering on where to begin, until I decided to make use of a website Merrilee Faber pointed out yesterday: Feath’s Tarot Quick Question (which is now listed on the links page).

You’re only supposed to ask yes/no questions, but rules were made to be broken. Below are the questions I asked it. Of course, the answers are vague and open to interpretation, but that’s why it works well as a writing prompt.

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1. Why does the villain want the protagonist?
Reversed Wheel of Fortune: increase, abundance, superfluity.

I interpret: He wants her for money.

2. What is [a particular character] like?
The Magician: Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety, sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies, self-confidence.

Funnily enough, that actually matches my image of him.

3. Will the protagonist triumph?
Reversed High Priestess: Passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge.

Being my only yes/no question, it was amusing to get the answer ‘maybe’. The results match with what I had in mind though, which was that the protagonist doesn’t fully understand the situation and is surrounded by deceitful people. The passion/physical ardour could relate to how she falls for a morally ambiguous character.

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I asked a couple more random questions, then realized I was procrastinating. It’s good fun, though. You should try it.

After all that, today’s word count: 594 (daily goal is 250).

I’ll check back in later this week and let you know how I’m doing.

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About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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One Response to novel push initiative: day one

  1. Merrilee says:

    Oh yeah, did I forget to mention it’s great for procrastinating? Ah ha ha.

    Good start on the words, keep it up!

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