Tim Kim, the editorial director of Camp NaNoWriMo, sent the following Mad Libs Camp NaNoWriMo pep talk:
Here at Camp NaNoWriMo HQ, we wish we could give each one of you a personalized pep talk worthy of your awesome, distinct, only-you-could-write-it projects. So in that spirit, we present to you today’s customized cheerleading. Fill out the list below, then plug your responses into the pep talk following:
- An awesome superhero name
- Adjective describing your main character
- Your favorite snack
- The last verb your main character enacted
- The manufacturer of your favorite snack
- The first piece of dialogue in your story that starts with ‘You…’
- Your current word count
- Adjective describing your inner editor
- Adjective describing your best friend
- Your favorite supporting character in your Camp project
- The last piece of dialogue in your story that ended with an exclamation point
- How much time you last spent writing
- Your favorite mythological creature
- Your favorite author
- Write a sentence beginning with the words “Once upon a time”.
Here’s what I got!
Once, there lived a writer, known throughout the lands as (1) The Defending Defender. This writer was seized by inspiration one July, and struck out to tell the tale of one known only as “The (2) Angry One.”
The first two weeks were full of wonder. Fueled by (3) raisins, the writer generated conflicts like vast thunderstorms, and characters so real they jumped off the page only to (4) cook you right in the face. (5) Southern Grove, now aware of the crucial role they played in this writer’s story-spinning, swelled with pride and told the writer, “(6) You were very smart to use pepper.”
Alas, not all was so rosy. After hitting (7) 28,047 words, the writer remembered their last pang of doubt. What if they became blocked once again? What if their story was silly? Maybe… maybe it would be better to stop. They looked into the mirror, and the face they saw seemed almost (8) obsessive-compulsive.
At the writer’s darkest moment, a (9) sprightly voice arose. “Hey, you can do this,” it said. “If you don’t, how will we ever find out what happens to (10) Jarrett? I don’t want to live in a world with that kind of empty hole. Don’t stop now.”
The writer nodded, saying “(11) I need help! No matter how far away from my word-count goal I am, I promise to write for at least (12) two hours a day.”
With that, a rainbow sprang across the sky like a (13) pegasus racing toward the newest novel by (14) Robin McKinley. The world seemed to hold its breath, waiting for the writer’s next sentence. The writer smiled, took a deep breath, and wrote “(15) Once upon a time, there lived a girl who was pissed with the world. “
Thanks for the pep talk, Mr. Kim!