[Write On Wednesday] Speak, Don’t Tell

Continuing this month’s theme of Show, Don’t Tell, today I want you to focus on how you can do that in dialogue.  Missed the first prompt on this month’s theme? Find it here. The Prompt Write a story set in a particular time or place and use dialogue to show us where we are, rather … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Speak, Don’t Tell”

[Write On Wednesday] Pull Readers into Your Story

This month’s theme at StoryADay is “Show, Don’t Tell”, that pesky little piece of writing advice that sounds so easy and will actually take us the whole month to unpack. It’s more than simply ‘showing’. It’s about using all our senses to immerse the reader in a moment, and it come more easily to some … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Pull Readers into Your Story”

[Reading Room] No More Than A Bubble by Jamel Brinkley

The opening “It was back in those days. Claudius Van Clyde and I stood on the edge of the dancing crowd, each of us already three bottles into one brand of magic brew, blasted by the music throbbing from the speakers. But we weren’t listening to the songs. I’d been speaking into the open shell … Continue reading “[Reading Room] No More Than A Bubble by Jamel Brinkley”

2019 Day 29 – The One

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story? Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward! The Prompt Write The Story You’ve Been Waiting To Write I’ve been making you jump through hoops all month, but there … Continue reading “2019 Day 29 – The One”

2019 Day 12 – Dialogue

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story? Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward! The Prompt Write A story centered on dialogue This is an antidote to yesterday’s description-heavy story. Make sure to make your … Continue reading “2019 Day 12 – Dialogue”

[Write On Wednesday] Can You Remember?

Today’s post comes to us from gifted memoirist Jane Paffenbarger Butler. You can read more about Jane, below, but in the meantime, enjoy mining your memories for Story Sparks! – Julie When I was a child, my mother and sisters and I spent hours making our clothes at home. The memory of those long quiet … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Can You Remember?”

[Reading Room] Useless Things by Ariel Berry

Since we’re all about Flash Fiction here at StoryADay during February, I’m going to be highlighting some flash stories here in the Reading Room. This story comes from 100WordStory.com, a project from NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulker, and partners. Useless Things by Ariel Berry caught my eye because of its mix of big ideas and mundane moments in life. It … Continue reading “[Reading Room] Useless Things by Ariel Berry”

[Write On Wednesday] Write To Read

This evening I’ll be going out to another short story reading event, and it’s got me thinking about the audiences we write for. Tonight’s story is adapted from one I wrote a while ago. I’m very happy with how it reads on the page, but when it comes to reading it aloud, I found I … Continue reading “[Write On Wednesday] Write To Read”