[Write On Wednesday] A Gargoyle’s-Eye View

Have you signed up for StoryADay May 2019 yet?

I’ll send you a prompt like this, every day in May.

This week we all watched in horror as Notre Dame burned. It was a great loss for human cultural heritage and a personal wrench for many.

And it made me wonder about other stories we might tell.

Image: A Gargoyle's Point of View by Sharon Mollerus

The Prompt

Write a story from the perspective of a non-human character

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[Write On Wednesday] Support

Last week we wrote about connections. This week, an interconnected theme: support. We need it in our writing lives, and our characters are looking for it, in our stories.

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The Prompt

Write A Story About A Character Who Needs Support

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127 – Finding Support

Finding support for your writing can seem like a weird idea; isn’t writing all about one person, alone in their room, listening to their imaginary friends? 

It turns out that support from other writers (with whom we are absolutely not competing) is a great way to advance your own writing. 

In this episode I talk about where to find support, how to make the most of it, and how to grow your network in the least-painful way possible, even if you are chronically shy.

LINKS

This week’s writing prompt: https://storyaday.org/wow-connection

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[Write On Wednesday] Connections

This month’s theme at StoryADay is about finding support in our writing lives, and that has me thinking about connection.

I have this thesis that writing is all about connections: connecting with another person (your reader)’s brain; connecting with the writers who inspired you; connecting with other people working in your genre; connecting with your past and future selves; connecting with the great web of human experience on this planet.

So today I want you to write a story that touches on some of these things.

The Prompt

Write A Story About Connections

Tips

  • This story could be about one significant connection (or missed connection) or it could be a series of interlocking or parallel connections.
  • You might write a story like the movie “Sliding Doors” where multiple possibilities hinge on the decision of a moment.
  • You might write three different people’s stories, all of them making different kinds of connections, and examining how each decision impacts their futures (or pasts, if it’s that kind of story).
  • Use your brainstorming time to think about the kinds of connections you value and how you get support from the people in your life. How does each type of connection make you feel? What do you miss? How can you convey the emotions that come up, in a story?
  • For bonus points, post in the comments here and find a friend to write a joint-story with. You could alternate lines, or brainstorm together, or each take one section of the story.

If you share you story somewhere (and here’s why you might not want to) post a link here so we can come and read it.

Did you write today? How did you get on? Who did you write about? Leave a comment!

Original Photo by Bernard Spragg

[Write On Wednesday] Stolen Melody

This prompt was inspired by Jennifer Wortman’s Theories of the Point of View Shifts in AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”

The Prompt

Write A Story Based on A Favorite Song

Tips

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[Reading Room] Theories of the Point of View… by Jennifer Wortman

This story is a great example of a short story that doesn’t follow a narrative structure but succeeds anyway.

Its full title is Theories of the Point of View Shifts In AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”

The Opening

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126 – What Is Writing?

In your writing practice, what counts as ‘writing’? Do you give yourself credit for reading time? Revisions? Taking classes? Or do you feel guilty about now being productive when you aren’t adding new words to a story?

RESOURCES

Does Thinking Count As Writing: https://stada.me/think

Learning To Make Choices: https://stada.me/choice

Writing Prompts – Scenarios: https://stada.me/scenarios

Writing Prompts – Word Lists: https://stada.me/wordlists

Beyond Word Count: https://stada.me/track

Stay Excited About Your Writing: https://stada.me/excited

Write When You Don’t Feel Like It: https://stada.me/dontwanna

Leave a comment on this post: https://stada.me/126

 

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[Write On Wednesday] Magical Realism

This prompt was inspired by Amy Silverberg’s story Suburbia! which you can find in The Best American Short Stories 2018

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The Prompt

Write a story with some magical realism in it

Tips

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