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NaNo Dares 2011 Week 2 – Babies

November 12, 2011

National Novel Writing Month is a time to take risks, so every year in the forums, one can find threads where participants share and accept dares. Dares can be a fun way to spice up your novel or kick-start a scene when you get stuck. Sometimes they’re serious, and sometimes they’re silly, but they nearly always take you somewhere unexpected in your story. This month, in lieu of Friday Freewrites, I’ll be posting a dare each week for your NaNoWriMo novels (or any other fiction writing that you do this month).


Your dare, should you choose to accept it, is this:

Include a scene that centers around a baby.

  • Bonus points if your main character has to babysit
  • Double bonus points if your MC has no experience with babies
  • Triple bonus points if the baby spits up on the MC or needs a diaper change
  • Quadruple bonus brownie points if your MC must be responsible for the baby for the rest of the book


Let me know in the comments if you choose to accept all or part of this dare. And if you have your own dare for others, please share!

Last Week’s Dare

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2011 9:55 pm

    I could use this one.

    What about pregnancy?

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      November 12, 2011 11:26 pm

      Just as long as your words are multiplying too. 😉

  2. November 22, 2011 10:17 am

    Haha, I have included babies in both my 2010 and 2011 NaNoWriMo novels!

    Not just babies, but pregnant women have been major plot points in these stories. Here, how is this for a challenge “crossover?”–in my 2010 novel, one of the babies was born on board a pirate ship. The “midwife” was another young mother, traveling with the pirates incognito, dressed as a boy…the inclusion of pirates having been, naturally, a challenge during NaNoWriMo 2010.

    Years ago I read a kind of comic detective story involving spies (I think) being accidentally left responsible for the care of several babies during most of the book. At least one of the babies was the unhappy child of one of their arch-villain opponents…In the end of the book the babies were all returned to their own families and the MMC and MFC ended up planning their own marriage and the raising of children (which the MMC wasn’t so sure about but which the FMC seemed to think he was quite capable of doing).

    The author, in his own commentary at the end of the book, said he didn’t know why more people didn’t include babies as characters in stories, because they were easy to write about.

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      November 27, 2011 10:41 pm

      Babies, a woman dressing as a boy, and pirates all in the same novel? Sounds like a novel I’d love to read.

      One of my characters is very likely to become pregnant a little past midway through the novel. This probably won’t happen until after the end of this month, though. The problem I have when writing about babies is that I tend to forget that they’re around in scenes where they aren’t the focus. I need some practice at making them actual characters instead of just props, which is part of what prompted this particular dare.

      • November 28, 2011 6:37 am

        If you really, really want to read my novel, it’s available online.

      • Anita M. King permalink*
        November 28, 2011 6:10 pm

        Cool! I’ll check it out in December.


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