Monday, May 9, 2011

Working on Story A Day May

I finished my first week of Story-A-Day-May.
My goal for this challenge is to write a short story a day Monday through Friday. So far, so good. I've written four horror short stories and one urban fantasy.

It's not easy to come up with a new story idea every day, much less draft a (very) rough but complete story. I've been spending a lot of time going through writing prompt websites, prompt books, my own prompt files, etc.

After all the nitty-gritty work I've been doing the last few months on revision and editing, I decided this month's short story break would be time to bring some fun and play back into writing. I stumbled across a site about using Tarot cards for story generation, character creation, etc., so I ordered a set of Tarot cards. No blockbuster stories yet, lol, but it's a lot of fun.

I also entered a contest on the blog and won a set of Rory's Story cubes. It's a set of nine little dice with pictures on them. You roll them and then try to generate a story based on the pictures (kind of like those "here are nine or ten random words, work them into a story" prompts). I haven't tried them yet, but I probably will next week.

How about you? Are you doing Story A Day? If not, what writing challenges are you trying this month?

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Links for writers: has a daily prompt

Forward Motion for Writers Lots of resources for writers, including an extensive list of prompts and generators. You have to be a member to access them, but membership is free. Has many prompts under the "freewriting practice" tab can be accessed from your profile. Again, have to sign up for access, but membership is free. And you don't have to post your work; I never have.

Start Your Novel has regularly updated, really awesome writing prompts perfect for writing speculative fiction.

Toasted Cheese has a writing prompt calendar with a prompt a day. Daily Flash Fiction Challenge A prompt a day, designed for their flash fiction contest. But you do not have to write flash nor do you have to enter the challenge Another daily writing prompt site. The Writer's Cramp Another prompt-a-day writing challenge.

Dragon Writing Prompts Lots of prompts here!

Using Tarot as a Tool for Writing

Tarot Spreads for Writers

Now . . . Get Writing!


  1. I'm actually 9/9 with StADa. Granted, some of them are tiny micro fiction pieces, but I'm still pretty happy with the results. I'm just writing and saving, planning on looking at them all with fresh eyes this summer.

    Great list of prompt sites! I'll have to check a few of them out that I haven't heard of before. :)

  2. One of the things I'm most looking forward to at the end of Story-A-Day is having a "stock" of short stories to work with! I might not be able to work with them for a while (darn novel revision), but at least they'll be there for me when I'm ready, lol.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)


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