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During April I’ll send you tools and tips to help you make May wildly successful, along with some exclusive invitations to free events. Don’t miss it!
On this day in 1972 John Young and Charles Duke were the 9th and 10th humans to land on the moon. They weren’t the first crew to touch down, nor were they the last (that was the mission after theirs). What they did was still mind-blowingly complex, but didn’t garner nearly as much attention.
Write about a character (or duo) who is doing something new and difficult, but they’re not the first to achieve it. What does that do to their attitude to the task, to their relationship with each other, to their relationship with the people around them? Tips
Continue reading “[Write on Wednesday] Not The First”
Is this the year you transform yourself into a writer? Thinking about participating in StoryADay May? I have tips, tricks, and behind-the-scenes info from the 12th annual StoryADay May. Make sure you’re signed up:
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The Writer Code Masterclass
Be A Best Seller Summit with Emma Dhesi –
Ready to write today, not “some day”?
This month’s prompts are all designed to help you warm up for StoryADay May. This week, an opportunity to think about what it means to be a writer.
Write A Story About A Writer Tips
Continue reading “[Write on Wednesday] A Writer’s Tale”
Do you see structure as freeing or stifling? I talk about that and the upcoming free WRITER Code masterclass (2021 edition) in this week’s show along with a brief flash fiction writing prompt
Are you taking the StoryADay May challenge this year? Sign up now:
[Write On Wednesday] Flash
Ready to write today, not “some day”?
In this guest post, StoryADay Superstar Leslie Stack shares her recipe for success during the StoryADay challenge: Story Sparks
photo credit: Chris Stack
This is my fourth year participating in Julie Duffy’s StoryADay May and it has truly been instrumental in jumpstarting and refocusing my writing.
Whether it was in May or September, I found my writing grow in meaning, technique, and purpose.
One of the difficulties of this writing challenge is thinking of a fresh idea every day.
To help me with this, I use both the daily writing prompts and Julie’s Story Spark Notes.
Continue reading “A Recipe for Success During StoryADay”
As we come into April I’ll be sharing prompts designed to help you warm up for the 12th Annual StoryADay May (can you believe it?!). This week: what can you capture in a flash? The Prompt
Write a Flash Fiction story in 500 words, inspired by a vivid moment like the one in the photo, above. Tips
Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Flash”
Use these graphics to celebrate your participation, wherever you like.
And why not
pick up some swag to keep you hydrated, or to show your StoryADay pride?
Right-click to download the ones you like:
Continue reading “StoryADay May 2021 Graphics”
There is a danger zone between our aspirations and the moment when our writing practice begins to click.
You can navigate it safely if you Mind the GAP.
Also: My ShortLIST for figuring out which courses and events to sign up for in the always-crowded summer of Writing Conferences and Festivals.
It’s an acronym-heavy episode this week, but it’s all here to help you become the writer you know you’re meant to be.
Continue reading “Mind the GAP”
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.
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!)