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    Hannah R.
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    Because I have time today, and I don’t always have time, I’m actually going to start another topic. This one, as the title might hint, is on writing dares.
    If anyone has ever done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you may have heard of writing dares. Basically, their purpose is to jog the imagination. They can help get you through a dry spot in your novel’s plot, give you a fun idea for a short story, or simply provide a challenge. I don’t know how exactly this will work online, but here’s what I’m thinking: If you would like a dare, let us know, and if you want a dare in a specific genre, specify. (For instance, one of my friends once dared me to put a blue-eyed Pegasus in my historical fiction novel about the Great Depression. I tried but, well, you know…) Once you’ve “applied” for a dare, people can dare you. A dare can be anything from “put a blue-eyed Pegasus in your novel” to “include the word ‘flabbergasted'” to “write a scene about a chicken”– the only limit is your imagination.
    If you apply for a dare, chances are you will receive more than one. You can choose one of them, and once you’ve picked one to write, you can dare someone else by name– one of the people who dared you. Make sure you’re willing to accept a dare before you dare someone else. Obviously, if you really don’t want to accept a dare, no harm will befall you if you respectfully decline. This is not Truth or Dare. I, personally, will not judge you for declining a dare, especially if you have very good reason.
    This is a sort of game, so let us know how your dare turned out– if you worked it into your story, how well it worked, if it improved your story, detracted from it, etc. If you really hate the way it turned out you can always delete it later.
    I, for one, stand open for dares. The genre does not matter, since I’m writing fantasy and you can put pretty much anything in fantasy.
    Hope you all have fun with this!

    #14196

    BlueJay
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    I think I’m brave enough to have a dare. I’m always looking for new story ideas. *squeezes eyes shut* Okay, dare away.

    #14232

    Adry_Grace
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    YUS. LETS DO THIS!!!!

    I dare ya’ll to write a scene entirely devoted a character’s pet emu.

    #14236

    Hannah R.
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    @adry_grace, I love your idea! I don’t think I can work it into my current novel but it would make a great scene… And it would take a great character to have a pet emu. I accept your dare and will let you know when I use it.
    My dare to you and @bluejay : Your main character receives a letter from a close friend or family member which changes his/her perspective on something… Or, maybe, changes his or her life. For better or for worse.

    #14240

    Adry_Grace
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    @his-intrument I like that dare….. and you know what? that might acutally work well in my WIP. okee-dokee-loki!! Dare accepted. I shall work it into my novel and let you know how it turns out.

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    Anna Brie
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    I want a dare. I right non magical fantasy, so either something character or situation based or not too weird as far as setting would work best. And for some reason I decided I wouldn’t have horses, annoying at times, but kind of a dare on its own.

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    Greta
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    I’ll take a dare. My novel is a fantasy, but I might use the dares in a short story, if it works better. 🙂

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    Gabrielle
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    This sounds like fun! Hmm, lets see what I can come up with…
    @anna-brie and @gretald I dare you to either try writing from the POV of a blind person or to have one of your characters accidentally faceplant in a serious scene.

    I’ll take a dare as well, but I don’t know how soon I will use it.

    #14246

    Greta
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    @winter-rose Challenge accepted. I will probably end up using one of your dares in a short story, as neither of them would work well in my WIP. 😉

    I dare you to write a scene from the perspective of a two-month-old toddler who suddenly finds him or herself having to make a terrible decision (you decide what it is). Pretty random, I know. 😛 You don’t have to put that in your WIP. XD

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    Ingrid
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    Oooo…this looks like fun! I’ll take a dare! I’m currently looking for short story ideas, so I’ll use a dare for that. 🙂

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    #14259

    Daeus
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    You know what, I need a short story idea too, so give me a dare.

    #14263

    Gabrielle
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    @gretald The dare shall be written! (eventually). 🙂 Oh, and you profile kitten is adorable 🙂

    #14270

    Gabrielle
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    @gretald Quick question, did you mean a two year old toddler or a two month old baby?

    #14271

    BlueJay
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    @ingridrd, I’m terrible at thinking up dares but your dare is to write about someone who is bully at school and then he finds out that he has a secret power. What does he do with it? *No idea if this is good or not.* I’ll try to do better next time.
    Oh and btw who is your profile pic? It looks awesome. 🙂

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    Greta
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    @winter-rose Oops! I meant two month old baby. 😛 😉

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