This week I talk about ways to make your life easier by embracing the idea of decision-making, both in your writing and in your writing practice.
For all you NaNo novelists out there, deep in the belly of a fast-written novel, I have a suggestion for a way to revitalize your writing and your excitement about your project.
For everyone (else?) I talk about regrouping: it’s November: There’s still time to rescue some of your writing goals for this year, and set yourself up for a successful writing year in 2018.
Writing the first line of your story is tough. Opening lines must:
- Set up the main question the reader is going to be asking all the way through
- Establish the voice of the protagonist/narrator
- Set the tone
- Ground the reader in a time or place
So, how do you make your first line reflect all these things?
Let’s look at some examples.
Read more and sign up to get the extra case studies:
Mastering The Magic of Opening Lines [http://storyaday.org/opening-lines]
In This Week’s Podcast
Writing Prompts [1:44] http://storyaday.org/stadasep17-04/
What To Do If It’s Getting Harder To Write [4:08]
Book Review: Windy Lynn Harris’s Writing and Selling Short Stories and Personal Essays [6:08]
How’s Your SWAGr? [12:18]
Come and leave a comment or question at the blog: http://storyaday.org/stadasep17-04/
And listen next week for more information about an upcoming critique opportunity.
This week I give you five story starter prompts and an excitable sermon on not quitting. Enjoy!
The Prompts [0:52]
Progress Report [1:46]
Don’t Quit (with bonus Cassini shout out) [3:36]
Checklist and Feedback info [12:38]
You can find the prompts online here: http://storyaday.org/stadasep17-03/
You can find the checklist for StoryADay Sep17 here: http://bitly.com/2fkPe5M
You can take the survey (with last week’s checklist clutched in your hot little hand) here: goo.gl/forms/O8fHSMfWAlDbrtBw2
And you can always make your public commitment to your writing at the first of the month at http://storyaday.org
It’s Week 2 of StoryADay September 2017 and I’m back with five prompts for you.
IN THIS EPISODE
The Prompts [1:16]
Connecting With Other Writers [6:46]
The Checklist and a Survey [12:44]
Warm Wishes for your Writing [15:33]
The Survey: goo.gl/forms/O8fHSMfWAlDbrtBw2
StoryADay September has begun
In This Episode
The Prompts [5:03]
The Checklist [6:23]
The Importance of Reading [12:19]
This month’s theme at StoryADay is “Refilling The Well”, in which I encourage you to find many ways of rebooting your creativity…largely by taking a break from your writing.
Bookriot’s Best Books of 2017, So Far
Now that StoryADay May is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to dig out some of your stories and see what you can do to spruce them up.
Now, before you panic, I have a whole episode for you on learning to love revision. Give it a listen. Your stories are worth it!
in today’s prompt, you get a chance to write about a writer. This is not something I suggest often, but I think you’ve earned it.
Also: news about StoryFest 2017 (http://storyaday.org/storyfest-2017)
Find more about this prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170531-writer/
Today I wrap up the Story Structure series with a Hansel & Gretel, a story that starts with the Life Changing Moment.
The Prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170530-hansel
Today’s #writingprompt is the second in a series talking about structure. Today the life-changing moment comes in the center of the story.
The Prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170529-duckling/
Today’s #writingprompt is the first of three looking at story structure. Today: a Cinderella story.
The Prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170528-cinderella
Today I encourage you to write a non-traditional love story for the 27th day of StoryADay May 2017
The prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170527/
Today’s #writingprompt is one of my faves: write a story in letter form.
The Prompt: http://storyaday.org/20170526-letters