Just a quick tip, today, from my own writing experience. Today I was writing a story for Five Minute Fridays1. I wrote my first sentence and then a second. As soon as I tried to write a third sentence I realized I had already written my last line. I had the essence of the story in [...]
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I’m often asked how I write—how, physically, do I write? Pen and paper? Computer? Portable device? Onto my blog? This is a question you, too, should consider for yourself before you set yourself any kind of writing challenge (like, for example, writing a story a day for a month!) How will you: * Write whenever [...]
The point of doing this challenge is to push yourself to do more than you thought you possibly could.
The point is to unleash the flood of creativity that comes when you have to write every day.
The point is not to give you yet another way to fail at a creative endeavor.
So yes, you should set yourself a goal that seems momentous, preposterous, monstrous even. And maybe for you that will be: writing 30 stories in 30 days. But maybe it will mean writing a story on five out of seven days.
Last week we talked about the importance of writing even when you don’t feel like it. Well, enough theory. This week I bring you seven practical strategies for making it happen. Goals, rewards and accountability buddies form part of the big picture in this scheme. They are sensible parts of your writing’s career plan. But [...]
You love to write, right? Except when you don’t. What’s a writer to do on those days when your inner writer is being a cranky toddler, plumping it’s big fat bottom down on the floor, screwing up its face and wailing, “I dun wanna wri-i-ite!” Today I bring some tough parenting love for your inner [...]
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 DIYMFA.com to give you [...]
Having trouble getting started with your writing today? Why not host a writing sprint? WHAT IS A WRITING SPRINT? A writing sprint is a focussed block of writing time. Ideally you announce it to the world and invite others to join. It’s usually pretty spontaneous. A writer announces that they’re doing a writing sprint at [...]
Sending out an SOS to writers who are struggling with StoryADay this May Maybe you haven’t started yet. Maybe you’re eight stories in. Maybe you started and then, well, life got in the way and… But where ever you are, there are still 23 days left in May. What will you do – in the next 23 [...]
Seven of the best tips from previous StoryADay participants, to help you become an insanely productive, happy and sane writer.
“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.” – [...]