I found this in my Free Little Library the other day and it prompted a powerful lesson that I thought I’d share here as advice for writers. If you’re struggling to write and wondering if you’re any good, Snoopy has a lesson for you.Continue reading “You Don’t have To Be Brilliant From The Beginning”
NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writers’ Month, is well underway. By this point in week two your story might have become a little bit, well, stuck.
In these next two episodes I share tips and advice from myself and others about how to get unstuck when you still have 30,000 words to write!
Unsticking Yourself thread on Twitter: https://stada.me/unstuck
Tony Conaway’s article on public readings: https://stada.me/tonytalk
Further reading: What To Do When You’re Stuck In The Middle of Your Novel, (https://stada.me/wdstuck) from Writer’s Digest, with advice from the excellent DIYMFA book by Gabriela Pereira
James Scott Bell’s book: Write Your Novel From The Middle
In which I talk about when (writerly) promiscuity is good, and announce the winners of the September giveaway of Windy Lynn Harris’s book, “Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays”.
Bonus points if you can spot the sound of my kid’s hamster trying to break out, in the background. #IThoughtHamstersWereSupposedToBeNocturnal
Writing a longer work like a novel can get a bit overwhelming. Today I encourage you to use short stories to explore areas of your novel’s world that you might not have dug deeply into. This can help unblock the writing process and get you back to a place where you’re enjoying your writing.
Write on Wednesday prompts: https://stada.me/wow
The problem with doing something hard (like writing) is not that you aren’t good. It’s that it’s hard to know how long to work before you decide that you really aren’t any good.
(Hint: It’s longer than you think. And you may never be able to tell!)
How to keep going when you’re not sure if you should.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
My author interviews at NaNoWriMo’s blog: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/
Jerry Jenkins: http://jerrysguild.com
DIYMFA’s 101 Course: https://members.diymfa.com/101-course/
In Week 2 of StoryADay May 2018 we’re working on craft-based writing prompts (character desires, conflict, structures, openings and endings). Picking up skills and putting down words.
But now that the novelty has worn off, what can you do to rekindle your excitement about writing every day for a month?
In this episode I give you my top three tips for a successful month of writing an introduce the new StoryADay Superstars program: https://storyaday.org/storyaday-superstars
(membership comes with a month of free access to Duotrope, my favourite online source for writing markets)
Flash fiction is more than just a collection of fewer than 1000 words. Flash fiction must…FLASH!
In this episode I talk about,
- how to surprise your readers,
- how to craft openings and endings to keep your story in your readers’ hearts,
- how to use titles as the sizzle that sell your story to a reader
I also remind listeners that it’s almost time for the March SWAGr post, where we make our commitments for the coming month.
February is the shortest month, so we’re focusing on the shortest of fiction: flash!
(And, yes, I know there are shorter forms, but this is the particular short-short form I picked, ok?)
This week I talk about what flash is and why you might want to be writing it. Includes bonus trivia about Impressionism.
Last week’s flash fiction writing prompt: https://storyaday.org/wow-make-it-flash/
The latest Reading Room review featuring flash fiction: https://storyaday.org/rr-meteor-mccolough/
This month’s Accountability Group post: https://storyaday.org/swagr-feb-2017/
Follow StoryADay on Twitter: @storyadaymay
This week I talk about ways to make your life easier by embracing the idea of decision-making, both in your writing and in your writing practice.