StoryADay

Writers write. Successful writers write a lot. The StoryADay (http://storyaday.org) challenge exists to help you learn how much you're capable...

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129 - Motivation for May

StoryADay 23m 16s

11 days into StoryADay May 2019 and things might not be going quite as you planned, in your writing. In this episode I share some strategies for saving your StoryADay May 2019, and share some feedback from other writers who are engaged in the challenge.  Also: I absolve you of any guilt for past...
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128 - Character Counts

StoryADay 11m 51s

This week I talk about character: how to take the inner journey of your character and show it through external actions.   
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127 - Finding Support

StoryADay 19m 5s

Finding support for your writing can seem like a weird idea; isn't writing all about one person, alone in their room, listening to their imaginary friends?  It turns out that support from other writers (with whom we are absolutely not competing) is a great way to advance your own writing.  In th...
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126 - What Is Writing?

StoryADay 16m 54s

In your writing practice, what counts as 'writing'? Do you give yourself credit for reading time? Revisions? Taking classes? Or do you feel guilty about now being productive when you aren't adding new words to a story? RESOURCES Does Thinking Count As Writing: https://stada.me/think Learning To ...
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125 - Goals vs. Reality

StoryADay 16m 26s

Setting writing goals is one thing. Living with them, quite another. This month's theme at StoryADay is Goals Vs. Reality. LINKS: Your invitation to the March Hangout: https://stada.me/319hang Breaking Writers' Block ebook: https://amzn.to/2Xq13My The YouTube version of this podcast: https://you...
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124 - Being A Writer

StoryADay 16m 13s

What kind of writer are you? What kind of culture do you want to create? What kind of writing life are you aiming for? In this episode I ponder these questions and talk a little about this month's theme of Flash Fiction. And I invite you to share what inspires you, right now: https://stada.me/12...
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What do you do when it's difficult to write? Here's what I did this week. You can find all the links and discussion I talked about, here: https://storyaday.org/when-writing-stalls And here's the Serious Writers' Accountability Group (SWAGr) for Feb 2019: https://storyaday.org/swagr-feb-2019/      
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122 - A Room Of One's Own

StoryADay 15m 59s

As a writer, what do you need? Do you need a desk? A room of your own? Scrivener? A pad and paper and something to lean on? The answer is probably 'it depends'. And it's important to figure out what you need, and when.  Other writers (often in the form of writers' groups) can help you find your ...
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121- Happy Hogmanay 2018

StoryADay 9m 30s

In which I encourage you to celebrate the end/start of the year however makes you happiest! If you want planning docs find them here: https://stada.me/pace If you want to set some goals for January, check in at StoryADay.org on Jan 1 for our SWAGr group. And if your goals are simply to stand in ...
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Should you focus on your goals (the outcome you want) or your identity ("I am a writer") if you want to succeed? This week I talk about the idea that it is much easier to create a good habit if you see yourself as the type of person who DOES a thing, rather than as someone who wishes they had th...
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119 - Creative Play

StoryADay 12m 1s

Encouraging you to find the creative joy in your writing at this midpoint of NaNoWriMo (or what ever writing challenge has you down), through playfulness.  RESOURCES: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer Check out the Keep Writing Workbook from the StoryADay Creativity Bundle: https://stada.me/play
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Advice about how to get unstuck when you still have 30,000 words to write! RESOURCES: 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 Nov...
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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!   Unstic...
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Join our critique 'week', Oct 21-31 (because wouldn't it be nice if every week had a couple of extra days to get stuff done?) and get access to the Revisions & Critique Mini Course as well as having me and 3 of your peers critique your work. Use the code: octearlybird before noon (EST) on Su...
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115 - Slow Down

StoryADay 19m 56s

This month, as we transition from StoryADay September into the rest of our writing lives, I encourage you to slow down, turn left, and break things. LINKS SWAGr: https://stada.me/swagr Opening Lines Article: http://storyaday.org/opening-lines/
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114 - On Promiscuity

StoryADay 16m 1s

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 backgroun...
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This could be a really short podcast (just me screaming "NO!"), but I decided to talk in a more constructive way about the reasons why I think it's important to write fast first drafts and save revisions for later. With thanks to my StoryADay Superstars group for raising this talking point as th...
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Firstly I talk about some people who are making short and long fiction work for them: Mary Robinette Kowal, whose new novels The Calculating Stars grew out of a short story, The Lady Astronaut of Mars; and Diana Gabaldon, who writes short stories in her Outlander universe to keep her readers occ...
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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. LINK...
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This month I am still talking about writing for minor holidays and anniversaries. In this podcast I reveal the grand plan behind this: it's a system for focusing on particularly stories, regularly. I talk about the importance of systems (because apparently Ihave a problem with the word "routine"...
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