In which I talk about the live writing sprints I’ve been running and the importance of stories in times of stress.
So we’re in a pandemic. Does that mean we have to stop being creative? Quite the opposite. The world needs more art, right now.
As well as running DIYMFA, Gabriela Pereira often speaks at conferences about issues other than the writing craft, including entrepreneurship and mental illness.
Today, we have a frank discussion about Gabriela’s history with mental illness as one part of a very full life that also includes running a business, having a family, and being a creative person.
We also talk a little about writing emotion when you struggle with your own.
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What are we really talking about when we talk about sex? Join me for a conversation with sexuality educator Dr. Lanae St. John. We talk about how to portray true intimacy on the page (without any weird noises), how to make consent sexy, and where to find a model for your next villain.
The Mamasutra – https://www.themamasutra.net/
Read Me: A Parental Primer For ‘The Talk’ – https://www.amazon.com/Read-Me-Parental-Primer-Talk
We talk about the pillars of a writing life, why Gabriela wanted to create a do-it-yourself DIYMFA, and that old favorite: Imposter Syndrome.
Sometimes what used to work for us no longer works.
In this podcast I talk about the benefits and downsides of your writing commitments, I encourage you to scare yourself, and I revisit the subject of habits, and check in to see how you’re getting on.
Also: I preview some coming changes to the podcast
The StoryADay Short Story Framework, in case you want to write a story today but aren’t sure how to get started: https://storyaday.org/framework
The StoryADay 3 Day Challenge, in case you need a little extra accountability and you work best with a curriculum: https://storyaday.org/3DC
Listening and reading are wonderful things, but what if they are holding you back from writing and finishing stories?
We learn writing by writing. Isn’t it time you stop stalling?
“Listening” by Bob DeRosa on Escape Pod: https://stada.me/listening
The 3 Day Challenge: https://stada.me/3dc
Today I’m going to show you a system for delighting readers (and editors), so that you get great reviews and raving fans who will share your work with other readers who also love what you’re writing.
https://stada.me/ssf – The StoryADay Short Story Framework
Here at the end of January, I take a mini look back at the first month of the decade and talk about writing habits, reading habits, Alexa skills, Medium and more.
[1:20] My Short Story Reading Challenge, The Bradbury Method, my method.
[9:30] Good luck to the NYC Midnight contestants
[10:00] New ways to access StoryADay content – Medium & Alexa
[10:55] 10th Anniversary
[11:46] The StoryADay Podcast
[14:00] February’s theme at StoryADay and what’s special about Leap Day
If you want to know more about Alexa skills, contact Raphael Schaad on LinkedIn
It’s not a character flaw. If your resolutions have slipped and you haven’t kept up all those big plans you made for this year (already!), it’s not that you’re a loser. It might just be that you haven’t built the behaviors into your day in the best way.
This week I apply the Fogg Behavioral Method to real writers’ problems and help them troubleshoot (and fix!) the most common sticking points.