To get you prepared, here’s a handy check list of items you can do before StoryADay gets underway, to make sure you have the most productive, creative writing month ever!
- Join the StoryADay list, so that you can access the Creative Challenge Bundle, and get access to the exclusive forums at StoryADay.org (You’ll also get a printable copy of this list, with checkboxes to check. Trust me, it feels good to mark them off!)
- Commit to taking part in the StoryADay May 2017 Challenge. Set your own rules.
- Complete the Creative Challenge Workbook ( in the Creative Challenge Bundle). Create a customized roadmap for creative success during the challenge. Refer to it often, as you go through the month.
- Start gathering 3 Story Sparks a day (worksheets in the bundle). Keep this up all month!
- Read the rest of the StoryADay Essentials Series
- Take the DIYMFA StoryTelling Super Power test, to find out what sorts of stories you like to tell.
- Buy a specific notebook or set up a new project in Scrivener or notebook in Evernote. Or set up a folder on your hard drive or in Dropbox, to use to house your stories.
- If you’re posting stories on your blog, set up a “StoryADay” category/tag for easy tracking
- Follow StoryADay on Facebook so you can watch StoryADay Live events. Follow StoryADay on Twitter, to chat with me.
- Join the StoryADay community (watch your inbox for details) and start posting in the forums, so you can find friends and supporters for your journey.
- Post your commitment on social media/your blog. Accountability is good! Use these graphics.
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11 thoughts on “11 Ways To Get Ready For StoryADay May”
Julie, I’ve been meaning to write you for days, but I was finishing up my CampNaNo goal, and got pulled in…
I’ve actually signed up for updates on two accounts, but I can’t find any emails that link to the Creativity Bundle. It might not be much help right now, so close to the challenge, but maybe I can work ahead a bit, if I have the link to get it.
Any way you can help?
Sorry to hear that. I’ve emailed you the details now….
Thanks, Julie! It could as easily been that I’ve just lost it – I upgraded my laptop last month, during CampNaNo, and haven’t gotten everything moved just yet…
Thanks for fixing things for me…now, can you create another few hours in the week so I can read and do the exercises?! =D
Sure thing! Wait, what? [off-mic muttering]Oh, apparently I’m NOT the boss of that. Sorry. You’ll just have to do your best with the standard 168, I guess…
Dang! I would think that being the creator of something so wonderful would give you special powers over time, at least this month.
Reality can be so unreasonable sometimes…so I guess I’ll just have to dive back into fiction!
Thanks for trying, Julie! =)
Are you doing anything on Medium with respect to StoryADay?
Oh, here’s a 12th thing you can do, to get excited: listen to the Podcast interview I did with DIYMFA Radio this time last year. I get all excited and talk very fast. It’s pretty funny.
Hey, you rebel, you!
I’m a huge fan of people making their own rules. Curious to see what you come up with during the month.
(Have you ever taken Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies test? I’m a weird mix of Obliger and Rebel!!)
Thanks for the ongoing support!
I’ll tell you how it goes! I’m curious, too!
Yes, I took the test… I think I’m a rebel, yes! 🙂
Hi, Julie! 🙂
It’s lovely to see how you continue with this project, encouraging writers to write with abandon and finishing their stories!
I took part in “Story a Day” in 2015 and I really enjoyed the experience. This year, though, I’m going to be a bit of a rebel and only focus on creating a plot a day for 2000+ word stories (it’s what I find appealing right now, as my biggest difficulty is to create a coherent plot for something longer).
I wish you all luck with this adventure! 🙂