Climbing Mount Revision One Step At A Time

As we sit here, there are only seven days left in May. Seven more stories and then you’re free to take a break, keep writing, set your stories on fire or, preferably revise them into works of genius. To help you out with that latter option I’ve recruited Gabriela Pereira from to give you … Continue reading “Climbing Mount Revision One Step At A Time”

Get your story publication-ready with the StoryADay Editing & Revision Seminar

I’m excited to announce our very first free, live teleseminar coming up this Friday. StoryADay May is all about a creative splurge: massive amounts of writing, experimentation and fun. With any luck we all came out with a handful of stories that surprised us: they were really quite good and maybe there were some that … Continue reading “Get your story publication-ready with the StoryADay Editing & Revision Seminar”

[Write On Wednesday] The One Thing They’d Notice

Today’s prompt was inspired by an exercise in Donald Maass’s latest book The Emotional Craft of Fiction. You can find the whole exercise on p.22 of that book. The Prompt Write a story featuring two characters in the same location. Pick a detail that only your protagonist would notice and weave it into the story.  Tips

Get The Results You Want, For Your Writing

Get the free Get Results Worksheet, and catch all the ideas this post gives you Let’s be honest: fame and fortune would be nice, but it’s not really the reason we write, is it? We write because we need to. It should be enough but sometimes we want more. This post will lead you through three … Continue reading “Get The Results You Want, For Your Writing”

Write 12 Stories This Year – A Challenge From Alexis A. Hunter

I’ve always been impressed with how much fiction StoryADay friend and participant Alexis A. Hunter pushes out into the world: over 50 short stories in publications like Apex, Shimmer and Cricket. In 2017, she has committed to writing a new short story every month. That sounded like my kind of challenge, so I asked her more about it.

2017 Editorial Calendar

If you would like to guest post at StoryADay, bear in mind that I mostly have open slots for the Tuesday Reading Room posts and the Writing Prompts (either Write On Wednesday, or slots during the StoryADay challenges in May and September). Check out this post for information on how to submit. Apart from that I don’t … Continue reading “2017 Editorial Calendar”

Make It Better – Best of The Web for Short Story Writers, Oct 2016

This month’s theme here at StoryADay is: Make It Better. Here’s some recommended reading from around the web on various aspects of making your writing life better. MAKING YOUR WRITING BETTER Here are three articles on how you can make your writing better to read, easier to sell, and impossible to put down. Confessions of … Continue reading “Make It Better – Best of The Web for Short Story Writers, Oct 2016”

043 – Regretful Writing Prompt plus a review of “Apollo” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Today’s writing prompt is inspired by a story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, featured in The Best American Short Stories 2016 ( You can read more of my thoughts on this story here: [Reading Room] Apollo by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie You can leave comments about your experiences with this prompt here: [Writing Prompt] Regrets, I’ve Had A Few … Continue reading “043 – Regretful Writing Prompt plus a review of “Apollo” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

[Writing Prompt] Tell A Friend

This month’s theme, here at StoryADay is “Accountability”. (If you haven’t yet declared your goals for the month, leave a comment in this month’s SWAGr post and tell us what you’re going to do with your writing for the rest of this month) Today’s writing prompt includes a  built-in accountability trigger.  The Prompt Contact a … Continue reading “[Writing Prompt] Tell A Friend”

Finish Your Book In Three Drafts — An Interview With Stuart Horwitz

Finish Your Novel In Three Drafts: How To Write A Book, Revise A Book, and Complete A Book While You Still Love It Every word of that title is important, so go back and read it again. Doesn’t that sound appealing? The first time I came across Stuart Horwitz, I was struck by the way his … Continue reading “Finish Your Book In Three Drafts — An Interview With Stuart Horwitz”

June News: 7DayStory + StoryFest

I hope your writing is going well. If you joined us in May, well done, you! I’m sure you’re a little burned out now, but keep reading for some motivation to keep at your craft this month, In This Issue The rebirth of the 7DayStory Challenge,  StoryFest, The Rest of The Year… If you couldn’t … Continue reading “June News: 7DayStory + StoryFest”