Lots to talk about this month because StoryADay May 2016 is almost here!!!
And if you’re not taking part this year, you should still check out all the great writing resources I’ve added to the site since you last stopped by…and please drop in during the challenge to wish other writers well. We love hearing from alumni!
In This Issue
- How To Sign Up for StoryADay May 2016
- The Site Is Open For New Members
- Celebrity Guests Are Coming!
- A Month of Writing Prompts 2016 ebook is out
- Read the StoryADay Essentials Series
- See The redesigned Home Page
How To Sign Up For StoryADay May 2016
In past years the sign up has been very informal, but that has led to various problems (people not getting their prompts, people getting left out of the community, me not knowing how many folks I’m looking out for…)
This year, if you’re taking part you must sign up here:
This guarantees that you’ll get:
- All the (optional) writing prompts mailed to your inbox
- An invitation to join the online community (in case you’re not already a member)
- Bonuses! Story Spark logs, A Writing Log, custom StoryADay Coloring Pages (!), the Creative Challenge Workbook and participant badges for your social media profiles.
I hope this will help things run even more smoothly this year. Tell your friends!
The StoryADay Online Community is Open
Because of the evil spambot, I only open the community to new registrations a couple of times a year. This is that time.
When you sign up to take part in StoryADay 2016 you’ll receive your invitation to join the community (in your welcome email. Watch your inbox!)
Celebrity Guests Are Coming
Every year we get some amazing Best-selling and prize-winning authors to stop by and share a writing prompt or two with us.
This year we’re kicking things off with Bram Stoker prize winner and multi-best-seller Jonathan Maberry, and following him up with mega-best-seller Jerry Jenkins. Other guest prompts will be coming your way too, so make sure you’re signed up
A Month of Writing Prompts 2016
If you’re the type of person who likes to plan ahead, this is the book for you.
For the past three years I’ve been putting together an ebook of all my writing prompts for StoryADay May. You can browse through the whole thing today or sit down every Sunday night and plan ahead for that week.
This year I’ve taken a different theme every week and written a series of essays and lessons to go with the prompts.
This year’s themes are
- Week 1: Limits
- Week 2: Elements of Story
- Week 3: Rescue Week
- Week 4: Your Writing Strengths
- Week 5: The Last Hurrah
This year, I’ve been giving a series of workshops on Story Structure, Conflict and Dialogue. You’ll find a lot of that information in this book, woven into the prompts and essays. It’s well worth the $2.99 (USD), even if I do say so, myself!
(Every purchase helps to support StoryADay, and keep it free)
Read The StoryADay Essentials Series – Free
If you’re on the fence about StoryADay May, not sure if you can commit to it, check out the StoryADay Essentials: a series of six articles that shows you why and How you could and should plunge into the challenge this year.
Check it out.
Shaking Up The Site
I’ve redesigned the home page of the site, to help the increasing numbers of new folks who are coming along to find out more about the StoryADay challenge.
But don’t worry, all your favorites are still around, tucked into the Menu at the top of the page (bottom if you’re on a mobile device): the blog, the community, the Tuesday Reading Room series, the Write on Wednesday Prompts, the Serious Writers’ Accountability Group, and of course, the shop.
Phew! I know that’s a lot for one day. Don’t forget to:
- Sign up for StoryADay May 2016
- Check out the 2016 Writing Prompts ebook
- Start collecting your Story Sparks (you’re going to need them!)