2019 Day 11 – Description

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story? Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward! The Prompt Write A story centered on description Don’t forget to still have a story with character, desires, conflicts, but play … Continue reading “2019 Day 11 – Description”

[Prompt] May 18 – Description

Today we are going to focus on description. Yesterday’s dialogue-heavy prompt probably resulted in very little descriptive language (unless your characters were poets). Today we’re going to remedy that. Write a story where you concentrate on descriptive language. Pick a tone and try to stay with it throughout the story (rich, natural metaphors lathered on, … Continue reading “[Prompt] May 18 – Description”

[Writing on Wednesday] Smell

One of the most common (and most overlooked) pieces of writing advice is to use the five senses. This month I’m going to use the five weekly writing prompts to encourage you to get more sensory detail into your writing by focusing on one sense per week. The Prompt Write  a story in which a … Continue reading “[Writing on Wednesday] Smell”

193 – Goals or Getting From Here To There

In this episode I look at goals and why it’s so uncomfortable getting from where you are now to where you want to be…and how you can make it happen.   The 4 Steps to Reaching Your Goals 1. Set a theme for the year and prioritize 1-3 goals 2. Get clear on why they … Continue reading “193 – Goals or Getting From Here To There”

178 – A Writing State of Mind

What’s the most important skill in writing? Is it plot, character arcs, dialogue, description, pacing? In this episode I argue that the thing that will dictate your level of success is your state of mind. Links: Eric Platenberg: http://stada.me/eric Seth Godin: http://stada.me/seth StoryADay September Sign up: http://stada.me/sept2020 Ready to write today, not “some day”?

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

Your Author Bio and Story Summary: Write Them Without Fear

Of all the terrifying things we do as writers (writing stories, sharing them with critique partners, revising, submitting to publications, enduring rejection, grappling with sudden success…) most people rate ‘writing my bio’ or ‘summarizing my story’ up there with death and public speaking as ‘fun things to do on a Saturday afternoon’. They are, however, … Continue reading “Your Author Bio and Story Summary: Write Them Without Fear”

[Write On Wednesday] Speak, Don’t Tell

Continuing this month’s theme of Show, Don’t Tell, today I want you to focus on how you can do that in dialogue.  Missed the first prompt on this month’s theme? Find it here. The Prompt Write a story set in a particular time or place and use dialogue to show us where we are, rather … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Speak, Don’t Tell”

[Write On Wednesday] Pull Readers into Your Story

This month’s theme at StoryADay is “Show, Don’t Tell”, that pesky little piece of writing advice that sounds so easy and will actually take us the whole month to unpack. It’s more than simply ‘showing’. It’s about using all our senses to immerse the reader in a moment, and it come more easily to some … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Pull Readers into Your Story”

[Reading Room] No More Than A Bubble by Jamel Brinkley

The opening “It was back in those days. Claudius Van Clyde and I stood on the edge of the dancing crowd, each of us already three bottles into one brand of magic brew, blasted by the music throbbing from the speakers. But we weren’t listening to the songs. I’d been speaking into the open shell … Continue reading “[Reading Room] No More Than A Bubble by Jamel Brinkley”