Novel Writing Winter (NWW) 2013: on your marks, get set, go!

Stepping into the unknown.

My hands are poised over the keyboard, the first sentence already in my head — not a proper sentence, some might say, as it doesn’t contain a verb, and, nightmare upon nightmare, it’s a flashback told inย  second-person singular voice using the present tense. But this is the year for throwing the rulebook out of the window into the shrubbery at the bottom of my garden and going speculative.

You, in a glass case?

Possibly, those are the only five words I will disclose to anyone during the writing process — five words that will take at least 50,000 words to answer.

Are there any other NWW participants willing to share their trigger sentence, with the proviso that it need not stay as their opener in subsequent drafts.

Happy writing ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who would still like to join in with NWW, you can find further info at

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

15 thoughts on “Novel Writing Winter (NWW) 2013: on your marks, get set, go!”

  1. Since you planted this idea, it’s been growing and sprouting all kinds of things.
    Maybe I should put at least some kind of story on the cards.
    Might be what I need to get my life sorted once and for all.
    When I have it, i’ll let you know – good luck Sarah!!!


    1. It certainly sounds like something is germinating there that won’t let you alone. And, yes, novel writing can prove most cathartic, especially with a first novel ๐Ÿ™‚ It would certainly be great if you could join us on the NWW adventure!

      Thanks for your good wishes xox


  2. Sarah, thanks for the nudge!! (We’ll see if I’m still thanking you 3 months from now!)

    โ€œI think Iโ€™d be a mermaid,โ€ she said, quietly, and the words just sunk right back into her, causing not a ripple.


    1. That’s an intriguing first line from my favourite Welsh bunny. …And we have a matching first word in our opening sentences! Are you writing in the second person, too? Mine is jumping voice with each section narrated by one of three characters, so I can only do one section a sitting, or my head starts feeling as if it will self-destruct.


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