Kicking Off National Novel Writing Month with an Exercise for You

W e l c o m e !

If you haven’t stopped by and visited my blog before, I’m so glad to see you here. I’m a professor, author, and blogger, and I have a passion for all things writing. Today is exciting, because on my campus, the Library and I have teamed up to launch National Novel Writing Month, with a kick-off today at 2 p.m. in the School of Business Library. We’ll be getting you ready to write at our event entitled STEVENSON WRITE NOW.

I’ve written three novels that I’ve self-published, mostly because I like to have a hand in every aspect of the process. I publish through Amazon, and it’s a great way to share your work without going through an agent of publisher. I have also published one academic textbook with my colleagues—an altogether different type of writing—on Event Planning through Kendall-Hunt Publishers. And now, I’m your writing cheerleader.

At Steph’s Scribe, I’ll be posting every day throughout the month of November as we tackle National Novel Writing Month. Whether I share a prompt as an exercise, offer writing tips, or share some of my own work, I’ll be writing alongside you every step of the way this month.

National Novel Writing Month has spawned many published books, but perhaps my favorite that came out of the endeavor is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. But whether you want to begin writing a novel, or you want to just practice writing, this month is for WRITERS and FUTURE WRITERS.


As this is DAY ONE of November, I am challenging all writers out there, whether you are a…

fiction writer

non-fiction writer





dabbler in various genres

travel writer

or a new writer

…this prompt is for all of us.


Today’s challenge is to write 300-400 words whereby you tell a short story. Tell us anything—from fiction to non-fiction—that you would like to share.

Here are today’s rules:

  • Be creative.
  • The story should have a beginning, middle and end.
  • Write like you, not like anyone else.

If you would like to share your work, feel free to post in the comments. If not, keep your writings in a file. You never know what one of these prompts could turn into (in fact, one prompt I wrote became an integral part of my first novel; it’s so much fun to see it come to fruition).

Good luck today and KEEP WRITING.


cropped-image1-19.jpgStephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.


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