148 – Terrific Titles or How To Hook Your Reader

A title is the sizzle that sells your story, but too many writers still struggle with this important part of the writing process. 

Today’s podcast helps you level up your title game.


Get the free download: https://stada.me/500titles

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Ready to write today, not “some day”?

147 – Let The Yeast Do Its Work

This week’s podcast features a clip from an episode from two years ago, in which I talked about the different cycles in a writing life. And I apologize in advance for making you crave some freshly baked bread…

Annual Review Worksheet

Try this StoryADay Annual Review Worksheet to help you review your year, assess which phase you’re in, and plan for the future.

Voice Assistants with Raphael Schaad

Today I talk with Raphael Schaad about audio and voice assistants and all the opportunities (and pitfalls) for authors. 

Raphael Schaad

Raphael, who works with innovative entrepreneurs who are interested in tapping the power of voice-interaction, talks with me about how writers can take advantage of these powerful new technologies.

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Episode 145 – Ending Strong

It can be hard to write endings (So many logistics! So tired from writing the whole story!), but the ending is the thing that sends your reader off into the world feeling good about your story…or deflated because you let them down.

Paisley 10k Finishing Line

In this week’s episode I talk about the importance of endings, and a powerful way for you to think about them so you can delight your reader.

Also:  I talk about StoryADay’s writing prompts for November and my impressions of the 2019 edition of the Best American Short Stories anthology, edited by Anthony Doerr.



Mirror Mirror Writing Prompt

Penny For The Guy Writing Prompt

A writing prompts about openings & endings

The StoryADay Reading Room series

Browse the archive of 590+ writing prompts

Mastering The Middle – Episode 144

Last week in the podcast, I shared five tips for a successful NaNoWriMo. Lots of people have told me it helped get them through the first week so: yay!


In this week’s episode I talk about the difficulties of reaching the middle of creativity challenge at the exact same moment you reach the midpoint of the novel.

(Short story writers, stay with me because a lot of what I’m going to talk about applies to you too!)

You are not imagining things: this is hard. The middle of a novel is the notoriously hard, and the middle of the challenge is hard for different reasons.

The Midpoint of the Challenge

The midpoint of the challenge is tough because you’re tired. The novelty has worn off. You’ve started to question why are you ever decided to put in all this work. And you may feel that your story isn’t worth the effort.

Allow me to help.

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143 – NaNoWriMo Survival Tips

Whether you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo this month or simply trying to keep your rating on track, I have five tips from the trenches of the extreme creativity challenge world.


The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

Bright Line Eating by Susan Pierce Thompson

No Plot, Not Problem by Chris Baty

Save The Cat Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody

Power Nap  by Andrew Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXBG1-1zI_E

It’s another new episode of the StoryADay Podcast

142 – An Audience Of One

In which I talk about how writing helped me in the wake of a recent, unexpected loss, and the importance of writing for an audience of one.


Listen to my recent interview on the Unmistakable Creative Podcast: https://stada.me/unmistakable

Listen to me talk about short stories on the Kiingo podcast: https://stada.me/kiingo

An Audience Of One by Srini Rao: https://amzn.to/2Mroq3w (aff)

It’s another new episode of the StoryADay Podcast