196 – Narrative WIth Julie Helmrich

Why the story we tell ourselves is the most important we’ll ever tell…and the impact it has on our ability to manage our inner critic, imposter syndrome and to get our work done.

Dr. Julie Helmrich, psychologist and founder of Iron Psych specializes in change fluency and narrative, and is my guest this week, talking about psychological fitness for writers.

Links:

Dr. Helmrich’s site: https://juliehelmrich.com/

Writing prompt: https://storyaday.org/wow-customs

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195 – Bumper Q&A Episode

In which I talk about why we do this thing we do, and answer the top 10 questions I get asked, at StoryADay (including everything from where to put commas, to how to submit stories, to how to overcome imposter syndrome).

Grab a hot beverage and settle in…

Links

Short Story Structure: https://storyaday.org/framework

Imposter Syndrome: https://storyaday.org/imposter-syndrome/

The 3-Day Challenge: https://storyaday.org/3dc

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194 – History & Your Story

Humans don’t just experience their lives. We infect each other with shared memories of how it felt to be watching historic events or a baby take their first steps. We transmit meaning through emotion, through story.

Getting good at telling stories isn’t trivial. It isn’t frivolous. And it certainly isn’t selfish…

Links: 

This week’s writing prompt

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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 matter to you
  • 3. Celebrate every triumph
  • 4. Check.  in regularly with others

Download the Annual Planning Bundle now

Q&A – Description vs. Dialogue

Also in this episode I answer a question about whether or not it’s bad to write more description than dialogue.

Links::

Get The StoryADay Annual Review Bundle: https://storyaday.org/annualplan

Learn how to P. A. C. E. Yourself https://storyaday.org/episode094

Take the 3-Day Challenge: https://storyaday.org/3dc

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192 How Diverse Is Your Bookcase?

How diverse is your bookcase?

In this week’s #podcast I give you a nudge (and some resources) to read a little more widely.

Plus: a Q&A about how to #write with passion when you’re a cool cat.

Resources:

We Need Diverse Books

Fiyah Magazine

GoodReads Diverse Romance

Mystery & Mayhem Diverse Thrillers for 2020

LeVar Burton Reads (Podcast)

Roxane Gay’s Gay Mag on Medium

What writers/resources would YOU recommend? Leave a comment:

189 – Have Fun In The Middle of Your Story

I often talk about the middle of a story as ‘the muddy middle’, but I prefer Blake Snyder’s label “fun and games”.

This week I talk about what the middle of your story has to do, why it’s hard, and how you can make it easier.

AND I answer StoryADay-er Jacqui’s question about how to get out of a funk and start writing again.

Resources:

James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel From The Middle https://amzn.to/2I9liuE

Jessica Brody’s Save The Cat Writes A Novel https://amzn.to/36yixff

Gwen Hayes’s Romancing The Beat https://amzn.to/2UoXnug

LINKS

What do you need to know about the I, WRITER Course?
https://storyaday.org/iwriter

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188 – Angela Ackerman & Great Character Writing

In Part 2 of my interview with Angela Ackerman, co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus and host of Writers Helping Writers, we talk about how to use details to write great characters, immerse readers in your story, and even figure out your plot.

Links:

Writers Helping Writers: http://stada.me/whw

One Stop For Writers: http://stada.me/osfw

Ready to write today, not “some day”?

187 – Angela Ackerman and “Should You NaNoWriMo?”

Angela Ackerman is the co-author of the Emotion Thesaurus range of writing books and the One Stop for Writers site. In this episode I talked to her about creativity and how a big writing challenge might be just the thing you need right now.

Links:

Angela’s post: http://stada.me/angela

One Stop For Writers: http://stada.me/osfw

Ready to write today, not “some day”?