This light-hearted article has a serious point: you are a writer, and you should stop at nothing to trick yourself into believing it, even on your worst days. Here’s how I did just that. Defining ourselves as writers when we’re working on speculative manuscripts, short stories, queries — anything we love to write — is [...]
Archives for April, 2012
It’s here: the day you’ve been waiting for. Registrations are now open! (If you have a username from a previous year, it should still work. Just sign in, above, and make yourself at home.) What is StoryADay May? It’s my challenge to you: to challenge YOURSELF to write every day, not “some day”. Write and finish [...]
Today’s prompt is, rather appropriately, about the moment before something big. It’s the breath before the scream; the crouch before the leap; the blink before the resolute stare; The moment with her hand on the door frame before she leaves for good. The Prompt LEAP! Tips • Make sure your story travels from start to [...]
Seven of the best tips from previous StoryADay participants, to help you become an insanely productive, happy and sane writer.
if you want to stretch yourself and grow as a writer then go for it! It has been one of the most valuable learning experiences I could have had to develop my writing …it’s really infectious, once you start immersing yourself in writing, the words just keep flowing and flowing.
“If you want to write, practice writing. Practice it for hours a day, not to come up with a story you can publish but because you long to learn how to write well, because there is something that you alone can say. Write the story, learn from it, put it away, write another story.” – [...]
Here are your 2012 Participant Badges! Use them on your websites or where ever you like! (Right-click to download whichever size you like) 500 x 230 pixels 300 x 138 pixels 200 x 92 pixels 150 x 69 pixels 100 x 46 pixels
Sherlock Holmes has Victorian London. John Irving has New England. John O’Hara’s short stories couldn’t work without their small-town Pennsylvania backdrop. Even fantasy settings need to feel real in order to succeed (think Middle Earth, or Earthsea, or Deep Space Nine). So today we’re going to practise writing stories in which the location is as [...]
A guest post by regular contributor Jami who is reading a story a day throughout 2012.. This week: “A Telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker.