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A dare is a challenge to include an idea into a NaNoWriMo novel or Script Frenzy script. Dares can be anything: characters, scenes, quirks, dialogue, or even plots. Unlike adoptables, which are generally ideas that the original writer chooses not to use, dares are often silly ideas that one may not associate with novels.
Uses of dares
WriMos and Screnziers use dares in several ways. Writers can challenge themselves to include a dare in their works as a tribute to NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy with the knowledge that only a select group would understand the meaning behind the dare. Even then, not everyone may know about the dare because not everyone reads the dare thread. In this sense, the dare acts like a Mr. Ian Woon.
Dares can also be used to write one's way out of writer's block. Writer's block happens to everybody, especially when writing at a quick pace. Because NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy are about quantity over quality, using a dare to get out of a tight spot is welcome and even encouraged. In this way the dare also serves as a plot ninja.
Because of the potential for plot and numerous dares including characters, several NaNoWriMo novels have been written entirely based off forum dares. This is one idea proposed when a WriMo has no idea what to write about.
Kass Fireborn introduced the dare on the NaNoWriMo forums in 2002 . The dare thread became popular quickly as Wrimos presented their challenged and accepted the challenges of others. Raksab introduced the concept of bonus points and other rewards for dares quickly and shows off this accomplishment in their signature to this day. As the thread grew more popular, several spinoff threads began in genre forums, specifically in the science fiction and fantasy forums, where the dares could be more focused on elements that appear more frequently in such universes.
During the NaNoWriMo 2008 off-season, the forum moderators began locking a thread after it reaches 500 comments to ensure site stability. The dare thread is one thread that reaches the 500 comment limit and continues in multiple threads.