Full disclosure by the time you've finished watching this video, my hope is that you'll be ready to sign up for a StoryAWeek. My newsletter that will bring you short story prompts and lessons weekly throughout the year. But first let me start with a story that might sound familiar. When I was in high school, I had stopped writing fiction.
I don't know, maybe it was all the fabulous literature they had us studying. Maybe I was intimidated by that. Maybe it was just the usual teenage angst. Maybe it was my discovery of boys. The point is our English exams always had a portion where we had to do some creative writing to a prompt. Timed. I would stare at the prompt, no idea how I was going to come up.
Anything to write. I would put my pen to the paper and start making shapes and then wake up 40 minutes later, flying down the final lines of a story I had no idea. I had been waiting to write. Gleeful. In my element. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you were the same and maybe like me sitting down to write at any other time you got stalled.
how to choose? How to make it good ?It's hard to get started when there are so many choices available and yet with a deadline and the limits placed on us by a good prompt, we are able to write on demand Frustrating!. You've probably heard the rest of my story. I got sick of listening to myself, whining about how frustrating it was to not be writing that.
I challenged myself to write a story a day in May, 2010. I accidentally created an annual event that has spawned thousands and thousands of stories, many of which have been published. Many of whose writers have developed rewarding, ongoing writing practices that have brought them joy friends, external validation, even an adventure.
Part of the success of story a day has to do with the limits I put on you with the writing prompts. But let me tell you a secret.
A lot of writing prompts going to waste your time.
A person, a place, an unexpected object are not going to help you write stories that go somewhere interesting, that touch a deep human truth and that delight you and your readers. There's something like. 540 writing prompts I've written and published and watched people play with have given me a lot of experience and time to figure out how to create prompts that will spark actual short stories for you to shorten your learning curve, to keep you inspired, to give you practical guidance, to build stories that matter to you and to your readers.
Stories that started out in my challenges and workshops have gone on to win contests, get published and help their authors create truly joyful writing practices and the people who are writing those stories are just like you they're single. And married and in their twenties and their eighties and everything in between, they're just getting started on their careers.
And they're turning back to their love of writing in retirement. They're balancing kids and grandkids, health conditions, grief, joy, all of the upheavals in life. And they're using their writing to keep themselves grounded. I want that for you. And the best way I know for you to build a little space into your life that honors the most creative most true version of you is to encourage you to make space for your writing And not just any old writing, I love to journal, but there's a satisfaction that comes from crafting a story that you can share. That's fulfilling in a way that other. Can't touch. It connects you with people who need to know they're not alone. It connects you with a lineage of human truth, tellers and story spinners from the earliest campfires to wherever our imaginations and ingenuity can take us.
You've probably heard NASA astronauts and engineers talk how gene Rodenberry and his star Trek stories inspired them to go on and invent new technologies and go to new places. You know, that change starts with an idea and it takes root in people's hearts when they enter there in story form, making time for your writing is not selfish.
It's an investment. And it's a gift. I believe in. I believe you can do this. I believe you could do this on your own with a huge amount of dedication and focus and time. And I just don't think you need to make it that hard. You control the web for a writing prompt and a lesson every week, this year. Or you can take that time.
Read my story a week, email and start to play with your imaginary friends straight away. My aim is to shorten the gap between your urge to write and the act of you telling a story. That's why I want to send you a writing prompt and lesson every week. So you can experience being a writer throughout every season of this next year, and you can figure out how to make it work for you.
It's not going to be the only thing you. But these emails will bring you back week after week to the truth that you are a writer and that you are happier when you're writing that life is easier. When you're being kind enough to yourself to allow yourself to write overblown. I get emails from people every week telling me how delighted they are to be writing again, how they wish someone had shown them 30 years ago, that it was possible to become a writer bit by bit story by story.
I don't wanna get that email from you a year from now. If you change nothing, then nothing a year from now will have changed, except you'll be. And your confidence will be weaker and even worse, your shame and anger at yourself, your envy of other writer, successes, they're all going to grow. If you don't act for your own good instead for the price of a frothy coffee a week, I'm inviting you to steal the power back, sneak up on yourself and make this small commitment to your writing. So that at the end of this year, you won't recognize yourself, but for all the right reason, You'll be writing. You'll be relaxed about writing because it's something that is just part of your life.
And it's never going to feel like an emergency or something to hide from. It's part of your identity. You'll have stories you can give as gifts stories you send to publications stories. You can save just for yourself and stories you could use as firelighters to make s'mores because they didn't really work out.
But. You'll learn something from writing them.
I send the emails on Wednesdays. They contain a writing prompt and strategies for playing with it so that you can get started and play with it over the weekend and keep moving sometimes. The emails, contain bonuses, like a plan for creating an accountability triad, or a recording of a workshop that I think you'll like, or maybe an ebook of the past season's emails, all collected and formatted nicely for you.
Who knows, but I love giving stuff away. So let's see what I come up with.
But all of this, the writing, the possibility, the shift in identity, the productivity, the creativity, the fulfillment, and all the freebies only happen. If you're subscribed to the story a week newsletter, which you can do by clicking the button, now join me and let's keep writing.