I love the DARES on the NaNoWriMo forums (This is one of the many things I do to waste time while waiting for inspiration to strike). 🙂 You should definitely check it out if you get the chance, but just for fun I’ve copied just a few of them here for you to check out.
(I did not make up any of these, but they are free for anyone to use.)
Make your characters play ‘The Game.’
BP if someone says, “I lost the game” at the climax.
DBP if the game is a plot point.
TBP if the game isn’t ever explained.
Give someone an out of character hobby.
BP: If you can justify it.
DBP: If it plays into the bigger picture of the story.
have a character who speaks exclusively in metaphors.
+ if the metaphors never make any sense.
++ if everyone else understands what the character is saying anyway.
include a character with a social networking addiction.
+ if they stop at crucial points in the plot to update facebook/twitter/tumblr/whatever.
++ if they do this at the most inopportune moments possible.
+++ if, while doing this, they say things like “wait! my facebook friends/followers/etc. would think this is HILARIOUS.”
++++ if they say this in the middle of a beheading.
include a character who is constantly pointing out symbolism in the novel.
+ if the things they talk about aren’t actually symbolizing anything.
++ if they are.
+++ and a large cake if you’re parodying your high school english teacher.
Just make the MC be a time traveler or something….
Quadruple bonus points if they’re updating facebook in a medieval castle.
Have a character killed by the Travelling Shovel of Death (but that’s hardly a dare! WAIT, interrupting parenthesis) and explicitly identify it as the Travelling Shovel of Death.
BP if the shovel-ee is otherwise immortal and can only be killed by a metafictional artifact.
DBP if the plot involves a quest to acquire the Travelling Shovel of Death.
TBP if this quest involves visits to the Nanovels of other Nanoers using the Travelling Shovel of Death.
QBP if you type the name of the Travelling Shovel of Death out in full every time that you refer to the Travelling Shovel of Death.
SBP if your nanovel is an academic history of NaNoWriMo itself using the quest for the Travelling Shovel of Death as a framing device.
BNP if the person killed with the Shovel is a white supremacist.
Have a character meet Jenny Everywhere. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Everywhere)
+BP: Have Jenny Everywhere be a major character.
+DBP: Have Jenny’s universe-shifting powers be explained.
+TBP: Make her powers a major plot point.
Kill your protagonist in every scene.
BP if nobody notices.
DBP if it’s never explained why or how that happens.
TBP if it is nevertheless intrinsic to the plot.
Name all of your characters with anagrams of Ian Woon.
BP: If you also have important plot objects named with an anagram (Like a Win a Moron contest. )
DBP: If no one notices this in the story.
TBP: If everyone notices this in the story and makes fun of it.
Write your novel in future tense.
…and that’s the second time I’ve lost The Game today. (For anyone not familiar, the rules for The Game are pretty simple). I hope everyone is having fun prepping for November.