159 – Talking About Creativity And Mental Health with Gabriela Pereira

episode 159 Gabriela Pt 2As 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.

(If you need help and live in the US, please text HOME to 741741. In Canada, 686-868, In the UK 85258. In the UK and Ireland, call 116 123. In Australia, call 13 11 14)

158 – Writing Love & Intimacy with Dr. Lanae St. John

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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

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156 – What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Writing

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


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155 – Stop Procrasti-learning and Start Writing

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


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153 – Skillz

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

Here’s a list of my favorite stories from January 2020


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152 – Reboot Your Writing Resolutions

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. 

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