In preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo I wrote a word craw to the story of “Heartless” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and I thought I’d share it all with you guys in the case that you’re a fan of the book and need something to help with motivation while you crank out however many words your project is this session.
Apologies, for it is a bit long, and do not read further if you have not finished this book, because there are spoilers ahead.
You and your brother go down to the Old Bridge nearly every day. Send your brother on a quest to find the Flowing Gold of Rudiobus. Sprint for ten minutes as he searches for the gold, giving you time to work on your poetry.
You decide you want to cross the bridge. Write 100 words before you see something golden on the other bank of the stream.
It’s a blind cat! Word war for five minutes as you and your brother argue over what to do with it.
Five years later, you are a princess of an age to be courted and married. Write 500 words as you wait for potential suitors to come calling.
They don’t seem to be anywhere in sight, so Nurse sends you off to your history lesson. Write for 20 minutes as you wait for the history lecture to be over.
Suddenly, you look out the window and what is it but the 12 year market? Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you race to the courtyard to escape your studies.
The market is amazing! There are extraordinary vendors selling wares out of this world. You try to see everything there is to see, but there is so little time! Choose something to observe closely:
The Unicorn Fry: write the last three digits of your word count
Malgril’s silver statues: sprint to the nearest thousand
The fabrics of the feather haired woman: finish the scene you are writing
Your brother tries on a pair of seven-league boots. Needless to say, one moment he’s there, another he’s gone. Write 200 words while sir Oeric goes off to find him.
You get bored after a few minutes, so you decide to explore some more. You meet a mysterious goblin who offers to show you your fortune. Write for 10 minutes as you enter the tent.
Torkom, the fortune teller, hands you a concave shield, a dragon’s scale, and urges you to look into it. Sprint to 500 words as you see terrible things.
Prince Aethelbald pulls you away from the fortune teller and you instantly forget everything you saw. Write for 15 minutes as you curse the red blotches that appear in abundance across your nose as you voice your disapproval to this remarkably unnoticeable man.
Next thing you know, the Prince of Farthestshore is coming to dinner. Write 300 words while you complain about him to your Nurse.
Your dress barely leaves you any room to breathe. Sprint to 100 words as you try to get comfortable amongst your many skirts and bothersome hair plumes.
Aethelbald comes to dinner and, before soup is served, proposes to you. Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you refuse his proposal of marriage, feeling more embarrassed by the minute.
You have a terrible dream that night. Write for ten minutes as you try to remember what happened in it.
Write to the nearest thousand as you embroider your best bean-men onto the tapestry of The Bane of Corrilond.
Give Monster a bath. Word War for 20 minutes as you fight a battle against your cat. If you lose: Write 100 words as you try to bandage the cut Monster leaves on your nose.
Prince Gervais has arrived to pay his respects! Sprint to 500 words as you quickly stuff yourself into your best dress.
Write for ten minutes as you listen to Gervais brag about his time hunting dragons.
You go for an early morning walk in the garden. Who comes and sings you a romantic song but Prince Gervais himself? Write as fast as you can for five minutes as your heart increases its pace.
Eanrin does some surreptitious research for his prince. Write 100 words as Felix eavesdrops on this conversation.
Your heart is crushed when Gervais is forced to leave because of his gambling habits. Write for 10 minutes as you blame it all on Aethelbald.
Eanrin gives Aethelbald some love advice. Sprint to 200 words as Aethelbald considers a career in mousing.
Summer begins and you go for a walk. Word war for 10 minutes as you watch the guards keep a Jester from entering the courtyard.
You follow the path into the woods and come to the old bridge. Write 300 words as you write a poem to the song of the thrush.
Aethelbald comes from the other side of the creek. Write for 5 minutes as he converses with you about your poetry.
As you’re walking home, a figure falls from the top of the wall right on top of you. Write 3% of your word count as you meet Leonard the jester.
Leonard performs for you and your family. Write 300 words as you are entertained.
Aethelbald lets you know he is leaving. Sprint to 100 words as you give him a piece of your mind.
The news comes of your newest suitor. The Duke of Shippening. He arrives five days later. Write the last three numbers of your word count as Leonard sings a song mocking the Duke.
Leonard reveals himself as Prince Lionheart of Southlands. Sprint to 500 words as he bids you farewell and you give him your heart.
Word war for 15 minutes as you and your father have a conversation about two completely different people.
Leonard-Lionheart has been gone for a long time and every day you long for his return. You take a trip down to the old bridge and there on the far side of the bridge is the Dragon. Write furiously for 10 minutes before he forces you to invite him over for dinner.
You are now a prisoner inside your own home. Everything is grey and covered in ash. Write 100 words as you bemoan your fate.
The Duke of Shippening comes and asks the Dragon for you on the grounds of a promise. Sprint to 200 words as you anxiously listen to their conversation.
The Dragon tells you that Leonard forgot all about you and is now settling down with his childhood friend. Write for 10 minutes as you insist it isn’t true.
Felix, on the run from the armies of the Duke, is attacked by a dragon. Attempt a 50 headed hydra as he fights back. If you fail: Write 200 words as Aethelbald fights off the dragon.
The Dragon speaks to you. You come to him one day and he gives you a kiss. Sprint to the nearest thousand as you are changed into a dragon.
Roll a die and write 100 times what you roll. You fly through many cities, burning.
In a town, you see Prince Gervais. He does not recognize you. Word war for 10 minutes as you burn once again.
Felix is safe in the Prince’s Haven in the care of Dame Imraldera. Take a 10 minute break as he recuperates.
You come to Southlands and a Veiled girl comes to you. Write 300 words as you accept her help.
You see Leonard standing next to his bride-to-be. He sees you in the crowd. Write for 10 minutes as you wait for him to come to you.
You call him a coward for not having killed the dragon and burn once again. Sprint to 200 as you flee.
Flying across the desert, you soon come to the home of dragons. A yellow-eyed boy takes you under his wing and gives you a tour. Write for 20 minutes.
Aethelbald comes to Lionheart for help. Write 120 words, 10 for each man who Lionheart sent.
Aethelbald is captured by the dragons. Sprint for 15 minutes as you listen to Diarmid’s tale.
Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you steal the key to Aethelbald’s cage from the Bane of Corriond. If you fail, the key falls out of your hand and sprint to 400 words as you pick it up before she can see it.
Felix is determined to leave the Haven. Write 300 words as Imraldera tries to keep him back.
Write for 20 minutes as Aethelbald convinces you to come with him.
Diarmid finds you escaping. Word war for 10 minutes as you fight.
You fly away, and wake up on a beach. Write for 30 minutes as you have a conversation with someone you cannot see.
Aethelbald offers to change you back from a dragon, and you accept. Write 200 words as his sword pierces your chest and you lose your fire.
The dragon begins looting your father’s storehouses. Roll a die and try to write 200 words in that number of minutes.
Aethelbald gives you his heart and you free your father and brother from the Dragon. Sprint to 300 words. Aethelbald goes to fight the dragon.
In the form of a thrush, Aethelbald enters the Dragon’s mouth and in man form stabs his sword into the dragon’s brain, killing him. Write for 10 minutes to release the tension you felt throughout the battle.
You and Aethelbald get engaged. Write 500 words in 15 minutes as you plan your wedding. If you fail, write 100 words while Felix is stuffed into the latest Parumvir fashion.
Your wedding is held by the sea, and you begin to see the faeries all around you. Sprint to 200 words as you look at them, then have a well earned rest, as Aethelbald takes you to his country.
Have fun at camp!
See ya ’round!