Here goes my Mad Libs Pep Talk
- An awesome superhero name- Onix Angel
- Adjective describing your main character- Dependable
- Your favorite snack-home made chocolate chip cookies
- The last verb your main character enacted- nweaken
- The manufacturer of your favorite snack- Betty Crocker
- The first piece of dialogue in your story that starts with 'You...'- "You know my parents never conceived after me, Citrine."
- Your current word count- 10,056
- Adjective describing your inner editor- overstimulated
- Adjective describing your best friend- sincere
- Your favorite supporting character in your Camp project- Citrine
- The last piece of dialogue in your story that ended with an exclamation point- "Please move aside so we can protect Malacite's Mistress the best we know how!"
- How much time you last spent writing- 30 minutes
- Your favorite mythological creature- griffin
- Your favorite author- Katherine Kerr
- Write a sentence beginning with the words "Once upon a time"- Once upon a time, a writer became trapped in the fairy tale and had to write her way out.
The first two weeks were full of wonder. Fueled by (3)home made chocolate chip cookies, the writer generated conflicts like vast thunderstorms, and characters so real they jumped off the page only to (4)weaken you right in the face. (5)Betty Crocker, now aware of the crucial role they played in this writer's story-spinning, swelled with pride and told the writer, "(6)You know my parents never conceived after me, Citrine."
Alas, not all was so rosy. After hitting (7)10,056 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)overstimulated.
At the writer's darkest moment, a (9)sincere voice arose. "Hey, you can do this," it said. "If you don't, how will we ever find out what happens to (10)Citrine? I don't want to live in a world with that kind of empty hole. Don't stop now."
The writer nodded, saying "(11)Please move aside so we can protect Malacite's Mistress the best we know how! No matter how far away from my word-count goal I am, I promise to write for at least (12)30 minutes a day."
With that, a rainbow sprang across the sky like a (13)griffin racing toward the newest novel by (14)Katherine Kerr. 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, a writer became trapped in the fairy tale and had to write her way out..."
A pep talk by you, with some help from Tim Kim, editorial director.