StADa 052 – May 01 2017 GregoryFrost

StoryADay May 2017 is here!

Get your pep talks and writing prompts all month long.

Today we start with a writing prompt from writer Gregory Frost, and a pep talk from me, Julie Duffy.


The Prompt:

Social Media Graphics (tell everyone you’re writing this month!):

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050 – Cycles in a Writing Life

This week I talk about the different cycles we go through in a creative life: fertile and fallow, frenzied and fatigued…and how you can make the most of them.


Also in this show: concrete steps for preparing for StoryADay May, including a description of Story Sparks and a reminder to make your own rules (you don’t actually have to write a story every day. I don’t!)


Lastly, here’s the link for the Online Flash Fiction Workshop on April 22, 2017. Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

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Ep 049 – Publishing Short Stories

This month is all about publishing; how, why, and why not. 

I don’t talk much about publishing at StoryADay because the focus has always been on creativity. However, seven years in, I think we could stand to talk a little about what might be your ‘what next’. 

(Please excuse the slightly tremulous voice this week. Throat surgery last week has left me a little wobbly, but I’ll be back to full strength soon!)

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046 – Looking Forward, Goal-Setting for Your Best Writing Year in 2017

Hopefully, you’ve been doing something looking back at 2016, making note of all the places where you did wonderfully things.

Now it’s time to look forward to building on them next year. This ‘look forward’ to 2017 offers some strategies for making the most of your writing time, setting P.A.C.E goals, and staying on track throughout the year.

Here are the worksheets I reference in this podcast, to help you plan for a successful 2017:

Annual Review Worksheet

Individual Goal Worksheet

Annual Goal Tracker/Overview

And here’s a detailed article about how to set exciting goals and actually achieve them, this time!


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045 – Looking Back

Today’s episode is all about looking back at your year and capturing the achievements in your writing life that can help power you forward into your next year of writing.


WHY it’s good to track your achievements

HOW to remember what you’ve achieved

EXAMPLES of the kind of things you might list

RECOMMENDED READING for further thoughts on motivation


LINKS mentioned in the podcast (to nominate or another favorite blog for a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers listing)

Motivation For Creative People by Mark McGuinness (AF)

How Do You Want Your Novel to Change the World? by Julia Monroe Martin at


You may also want to listen to the follow-up episode: Looking Forward: Setting & Meeting Goals For Your Best Writing Year Ever or check out the accompanying post (with worksheets!) How To Set Exciting Writing Goals for Next Year — And Actually Meet Them This Time!



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044 – Energy For Your Writing Life plus a writing prompt

November is here and whether you’re facing NaNoWriMo or just the change of seasons, it’s a great time to think about energy in your writing life.

Energy is the theme for November at and I start out this week with a plea for physical activity (walking, specifically) and will be writing about this and other ‘energy’ issues through the month.

This episode also includes a writing prompt and some theft. Settle in…

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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

And here are some articles to help you as you think about revising your first draft.


Podcast length: 11:15mins. Music by Alan McPike (

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