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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)

StoryADay Julie Duffy

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

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)

    StoryADay Week 2 - What We're Writing (And How)

    StoryADay Week 2 - What We're Writing (And How)

    In which I talk about how StoryADay May 2024 is going (spoiler: it's going great!) and how much fun everyone is having, and the best ways to participate, even if you don't want to write a story every day.
    CHAPTERS:
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    [00:01:08] How Is StoryADay May 2024 going?
    [00:01:30] Join The Discussion
    [00:02:24] The Challenge Handbook Benefits
    [00:04:51] The Experience of StoryADay May in 2024
    [00:05:10] Week 1 - Come To Your Desk
    [00:05:48] Week 2 - The Elements of Craft
    [00:08:03] Week 3 - The Art of the Short Story
    [00:09:10] Wish I'd Known Then...Podcast Appearance (Short stories for novelists)
    [00:11:15] Fun With Short Stories
    [00:12:45] The Benefits of Community & How to be A Good Literary Citizen
    [00:17:29] Wish I'd Known Then...podcast - other topics we covered
    [00:19:08] Indie vs Traditional Publishing
    [00:20:39] If You're Having Difficulty Writing or Staying Motivated to Write...
    LINKS
    StoryADay Challenge: https://storyaday.org
    StoryADay Challenge Handbook: https://storyaday.org/challenge-handbook
    Wish I'd Known Then...Podcast: https://stada.me/wishidknown

    • 22 min
    What's New For StoryADay 2024?

    What's New For StoryADay 2024?

    Sign up at StoryADay

    • 16 min
    7 Ways To Write Flash Fiction with Windy Lynn Harris

    7 Ways To Write Flash Fiction with Windy Lynn Harris

     
    In this revist of my interview with writer Windy Lynn Harris, we talk about Seven Ways to Write Flash Fiction, a skill that is extremely handy during the upcoming StoryADay challenge
    Sign up for the challenge at StoryADay.org
    CHAPTERS:
    1:16 Flash art comes organically when being open.
    6:58 Flash fiction: creative, short, under 500 words.
    12:28 Be specific in short flash fiction writing.
    13:05 Editing is essential for shorter pieces.
    17:37 Essential aspect of storytelling, representing a moment.
    19:32 Woman faces fear, mystery, and self-discovery.
    23:27 Enjoy working on soliloquies and rants in writing.
    26:56 Background, training influence the form of writing.
    29:13 Accessing your authentic voice is essential.
    33:08 Writers adapting to shorter work during pandemic.
    36:51 Creativity can flourish without lofty goals.
    41:05 Distraction in the world, set timer, create.
    43:12 First book on writing short stories.
    46:12 Strategic shorts can boost writing career prospects.
    49:43 Writing needs community for support, progress, success.
    54:27 Exciting prompts for daily creative writing in May.

    • 54 min
    How To Write A StoryADay In May 2024

    How To Write A StoryADay In May 2024

    Intrigued by the StoryADay Challenge but intimidated? Don't be! In this episode I explain all the rules including the most important rule: Make Your Own Rules!
    Sign up at https://storyaday.org/signup
    00:00 History of the StoryADay Challenge
    01:30 4. Give Yourself Permission To Have Fun
    06:14 StoryADay May Rules
    06:31 1. Make Your Own Rules
    11:20 2. Don't Try To Catch Up
    12:12 3. Don't Post Your Stories Online (Or Do)
    13:30 4. Give Yourself Permission To Have Fun
    14:47 5. Seek Out The Right Support At The Right Time
    17:11 6. Dance Your Victory Dance, Every Day
    19:56 7. Use the Prompts (Or Don't)
    21:43 Summary of the "Rules"
    22:52 How To Sign Up
    23:03 What To Expect from This Year's Prompts
    28:22 The importance of Community

    • 34 min
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    • 5 min
    What We Crave

    What We Crave

     
    “In a digital world saturated with technicolor brilliance and filtered, unobtainable beauty, modern humans seem unmoored and at sea. We crave stories to tell us who we are.”
    – Min Jin Lee, Best American Short Stories 2023
     
    LINKS: StoryADay.org/what-we-crave

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

ComoBlog ,

So encouraging

I love Julie’s down to earth style and quiet confidence. I always go away encouraged to be better and do more. Thank you!

want to use tv ,

Excellent podcast for artists

I love hearing what writers have to say about the creative process. The StoryADay podcast has so much to offer for artists about moving forward. It’s straightforward and encouraging. As a painter I see so many parallels in the tools needed for success. Julie’s voice is really pleasant and an easy listen. Check it out. She has so much to offer.

Shieldsister ,

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.

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