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NaNo Dares 2011 Week 4 – Racing to the Finish

November 28, 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 race between two important characters.

  • Bonus points if the race takes place over a long and winding course
  • Double bonus points if winning the race is vital to achieving the characters’ primary goals
  • Triple bonus points if one or both characters must carry some object to the finish
  • Quadruple bonus brownie points with sprinkles if the characters are fighting for control of the same object, and it keeps switching back and forth between them for the entire race


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

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  1. November 28, 2011 11:36 am

    Hmmm. The last time I took a NaNoWriMo dare, it ended up solving an important plot problem for me. I wonder if this one would, too? (tucking the idea away for later in the day when there will be less-interrupted writing time)

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