173 – What’s Your Very Next Step?

There is so much information about writing out there…it can be hard to figure out what you should be working on. In this episode I walk you through one way to figure out (and focus on) your very next step.

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Writing Prompt: Write A Seasonal Story https://storyaday.org/prompt-seasonal-story/

Ready to write today, not “some day”?

SWAGr for July 2020

Welcome to the Serious Writers’ Accountability Group!

Post your goals for this month and let us know how you got on with last month’s goals.

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Leave a comment below telling us how you got on last month, and what you plan to do next month, then check back in on the first of each month, to see how everyone’s doing.

(It doesn’t have to be fiction. Feel free to use this group to push you in whatever creative direction you need.)

Did you live up to your commitment from last month? Don’t remember what you promised to do? Check out the comments from last month.

And don’t forget to celebrate with/encourage your fellow SWAGr-ers on their progress!

Download your SWAGr Tracking Sheet now, to keep track of your commitments this month


Examples of Goals Set By SWAGr-ers in previous months

  • Finish first draft of story and write 3 articles for my school paper. – Courtney
  • Write on seven days this month – Clare
  • Extend my reading and to read with a ‘writers eye’- Wendy
  • write 10,000 words – Mary Lou

 So, what will you accomplish this month? Leave your comment below (use the drop-down option to subscribe to the comments and receive lovely, encouraging notifications from fellow StADa SWAGr-ers!)

(Next check-in, 1st of the month. Tell your friends!)

Why It’s OK That You Didn’t Submit That Story

This past weekend we celebrated StoryFest, here at StoryaDay.org.

StoryFest is our annual ‘recital’, our celebration of the work we did in May.

Some of our writers shared stories, others liked, commented and posted on social media about them. Others…didn’t.

And that’s OK. Because not everyone was ready.

  • Perhaps you weren’t ready to engage in the community.
  • Perhaps you didn’t feel ready to call yourself a writer.
  • Perhaps you were past the point where you were willing to post a story for free, because editors are clamoring to pay you.

(and yes, we have people in each of those stages here in the StoryADay community)

Do You Know What Stage You’re In on Your Writing Journey?

Continue reading “Why It’s OK That You Didn’t Submit That Story”

What Does A Vampire Eat During A Plague by Jerry Harwood

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About the Story

Johan, a traveling salesman, returns to his medieval village during the black plague outbreak. As he enters, he meets a stark, hungry man on the village’s outskirts. The storyline follows the verses of “Ring Around O’Roses.”

About the Author

Jerry Harwood was born in Ooltewah, TN. His mother was an elementary school teacher and he spent his afternoons reading books in her classroom or the nearby library. He currently is a writer, which makes sense based on the fact you are reading this here. He has experimented with other occupations: camp director, program director at a counseling center, college professor and middle school teacher. Jerry has backpacked Europe, taught in a Ukrainian University, worked in Rwanda after the genocide, is a first responder, sort-of remodeled a VW Thing, and has a love for Cherry Coke Zero that is only surpassed by his love for his wife, six children, and grandson.

The Glowing Embers by Urvi Roy

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About the Story

I fixated upon a stout and pudgy elderly man in front of me. His demeanor looked awfully rigid and his eyes flitted unwittingly. It must have been his first-time.

About the Author

Urvi Roy is an avid writer of realistic fiction and opinionated pieces on societal events. When she’s not scribbling out the words to a creative piece of flash fiction, short story, or poem, she can be found devouring the works of Kiera Cass or the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, dancing to classical Indian or contemporary pieces, practicing lines for a theater performance, or trying to sew with a new piece of fabric. She was wholeheartedly inspired to write this piece of flash fiction by her preoccupation with cliff-hanger ending, mysterious, and suspenseful episodes that leave viewers or readers, like herself, thoroughly insatiable!

The Merchant’s Table by Sophia Hoetzler

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About the Story

A kind-hearted mother wants the best future for her daughter but is forced to face the choices she made in her past. Will Rohanna move forward with confidence or will her daughter have to make the same sacrifices?

About the Author

Sophia Heotzler graduated from Geneva College with a BA in English literature. She grew up with deaf parents, making her first language American Sign Language. She loves to pour this unique perspective in her writing, using visual language to explore inner conflict and relational challenges. Inspired by authors like Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling, Sophia loves to blend real-life issues with fantastic imagery.

The Time-Traveller’s Strife by Alan Grant

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About the Story

Jason Mourn, still struggling to recover from a bad breakup has a chance to change his future by altering his cringeworthy past.

About the Author

Alan Grant is a writer from Ireland with a focus and emphasis on humorous fiction.

Right There by Anneliese Schultz

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About the Story

A young woman decides to take a Covid-era chance. (Not a screw-social-distancing chance; more like a he-may-Unfriend-me-for-this chance.) Now all she has to do is bring her past, hold the present, and have faith in future as she meets him first time amidst these fading gravestones.

About the Author

A Bread Loaf Scholar and Pushcart Prize nominee, Anneliese completed her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, and was shortlisted for the 2016 HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. The prompt for this story was one she mightily resisted—until the character showed up and suggested she get out of the way. Anneliese works on her YA climate fiction, a Middle Grade ghost story, and lockdown flash fiction in Vancouver, BC. Pre-border closure, much of her writing time was spent in Boulder, CO, and points between on the train. She can also be found at http://laughinginthelanguage.com/