Writers write. Professional writers write a lot. The StoryADay May challenge exists to help you learn how much you're capable of writing in a month. The Write Every Day, Not "Some Day" podcast helps you figure out how to keep that commitment up for the rest of your life. Each 10-15 minute episode tackles a particular topic and gives you a writing assignment to complete before the next episode.
Music credit: Alan McPike (http://standardstrax.com)
Give Yourself A Break
It may seem strange after telling you to write a story a day but I think you should slow down and start thinking about maximums. What is a reasonable amount for you to write every day that you can sustain day after day? Why does this matter?
Greg McKeown's book "Effortless" - http://stada.me/effortless
Writing Prompt: https://storyaday.org/wow-big-desire/
Shiny Objects Lesson: https://storyaday.org/shiny-objects/
StoryADay 3-Day Challenge: https://storyaday.org/3dc
What To Write Next
Part II of the StoryADay debrief process, which helps you assess what you learned during the challenge and what to focus on next. This process is useful after any big writing project or push, so don't skip this episode, even if you didn't take part in the StoryADay Challenge
Comment on this episode here: https://storyaday.org/episode211
Get a printable version of these questions: https://storyaday.org/debrief
Last week's episode: https://storyaday.org/episode210
Refining The Process
After the challenge it's useful to capture all the lessons you learned. In this podcast I take you through an exercise for doing that, and give you the Challenge Plus version of today's writing prompt.
Need a little more support as you transition out of the challenge month?
Try the 3-Day Challenge. Prompts, videos, short story lessons: https://storyaday.org/3DC
The Stories We Resist
Lessons from StoryADay 2021, including what happens when we keep working through the resistance...
Working With Writing Prompts
How to keep going as we enter Week 2 of the StoryADay May challenge (hint: it’s about purpose); and how to work with writing prompts.
Writing Prompt (The Bridge): https://storyaday.org/2021-day-01
Writing Prompt (A Happy Story): https://storyaday.org/2021-day-07
Writing Prompt (Scenario): https://storyaday.org/2021-day-08
Story: The PILGRIM’s Guide To Mars by Monique Cuillerier: https://www.diabolicalplots.com/dp-fiction-75a-the-pilgrims-guide-to-mars-by-monique-cuillerier/
StoryADay Has Begun. Let's Talk about Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a creativity killer, and today and I'm talking about how StoryADay May can help you find a way forward.
The Challenge: https://storyaday.org
The Challenge+ (even more support): https://members.storyaday.org/join-challenge-plus
Encouraging, helpful, and practical
Julie has a very gentle and encouraging vibe. Her podcasts have great tips for writers of all types. In general she focuses on short story writers, but novelists and other writers can draw plenty of inspiration from her weekly messages.
An excellent motivational podcast to tackle your writing (or other creative pursuits). It has helped me focus and to start finishing!