[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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[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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[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

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[Reading Room] Good With Boys by Kristen Iskandrian

This story captures the intensity of pre-teen life in all its aching glory and vibrating physicality. If you’re looking for a story that’s an example of how to create a strong voice for your first-person character, read this one!

The Opening

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[Write On Wednesday] Alchemists

We’re all alchemists, here, turning an abundant resource (ideas) into something much more valuable (stories) and today i want you to include some alchemy in your story

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The Prompt

Write a flash fiction story in which a character transforms something seemingly worthless into something valuable

Tips

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What I Know About Flash Fiction

Since February is all about Flash Fiction around here, I’ve put together these resources for you, on the joyful thing that is Flash Fiction.

Oh, and if you haven’t read the Rose Metal Press Field Guide To Flash Fiction, you should.

Flash Fiction is fabulous way to:

  • Tighten up your writing in longer projects
  • Practice writing quick stories, for StoryADay May
  • Rediscover the joy of finishing stories

Here are some Flash Fiction Essentials to get you started writing in this demanding, but fun form.

| Reading Flash | 4 Ways To Think About Flash | Podcasts About Flash | Further Reading From Around The Web |

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