Give Yourself A Break

It may seem strange after telling you to write a story a day but I think you should slow down and start thinking about maximums. What is a reasonable amount for you to write every day that you can sustain day after day? Why does this matter?

Greg McKeown’s book “Effortless” –
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Shiny Objects Lesson:
StoryADay 3-Day Challenge:

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What To Write Next

Part II of the StoryADay debrief process, which helps you assess what you learned during the challenge and what to focus on next. This process is useful after any big writing project or push, so don’t skip this episode, even if you didn’t take part in the StoryADay Challenge


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Refining The Process

After the challenge it’s useful to capture all the lessons you learned. In this podcast I take you through an exercise for doing that, and give you the Challenge Plus version of today’s writing prompt.


Need a little more support as you transition out of the challenge month?

Try the 3-Day Challenge. Prompts, videos, short story lessons:

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Working with Writing Prompts

How to keep going as we enter Week 2 of the StoryADay May challenge (hint: it’s about purpose); and how to work with writing prompts.


Writing Prompt (The Bridge):

Writing Prompt (A Happy Story):

Writing Prompt (Scenario):

Story: The PILGRIM’s Guide To Mars by Monique Cuillerier:

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StoryADay Has Begun. Let’s Talk About Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a creativity killer, and today and I’m talking about how StoryADay May can help you find a way forward.


The Challenge:

The Challenge+ (even more support):

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Preparing for a Successful StoryADay May 2021

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:


Sign up for The Writer Code Masterclass

Be A Best Seller Summit with Emma Dhesi –

Reading Room:

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The WRITER Code 2021 Edition

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:

Writing prompt:

[Write On Wednesday] Flash

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Mind the GAP

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.

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