Yep, I’m a-tryin’ it again. So far, I’ve managed to “win” Story A Day May all four years I’ve attempted it.
Some years, I wrote the story the day before I posted it. This year, I’m going to go back to setting my alarm for 6am and writing in the morning. So my posts in May will probably go live later than usual, but probably before 9.
I went around our house and Mom’s house, taking pictures of stuff in the bathrooms and the cleaning closets. Those photos will serve as my prompts. It’s possible that I’ll write a story about a cleaning product or whatever. It’s more probable that I’ll use the product, its name, a word or picture on the label, or some association with any of the above.
If you want to play, too, or if you just want help or company in boosting your writing creativity, you can’t do better than the Story A Day resources and community.
And, if you want read a brilliant, brilliant piece of short writing, you can’t do better than I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK — HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED. You are quite welcome.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Your character vows to do some certain thing every day for a month.
Dan AntionApril 28, 2017 at 11:30am
Good luck. It sounds like fun. Unfortunately, I’m usually leaving for work at 6:00 am 🙁
Marian AllenApril 28, 2017 at 12:51pm
Yeowch! You have my deepest sympathy. Although, given those gorgeous photos you take of dawn, it just might be worth it. 🙂
Alicia Butcher EhrhardtApril 28, 2017 at 2:41pm
Short fiction can dig deeply into the reader’s mind.
The ending reminds me of the ending to A Canticle for Leibowitz, a perennial favorite.
Marian AllenApril 28, 2017 at 3:01pm
OMG, I absolutely ADORE A Canticle for Leibowitz! You couldn’t have said anything that would please me more — except, possibly, if it in any way approached reminding you of YOUR work. 🙂
Marian AllenApril 30, 2017 at 8:10am
Sorry for my last reply. I was dreaming. YES, that story DID have a very Leibowitz ending. 🙂
BaileyMay 10, 2017 at 8:41pm
I have definitely fallen out of the routine of writing for pleasure (I was an undergrad English major), but have started taking on projects that give me more opportunities to get a little creative. While I sadly didn’t get a job out of college that would pay me to write that great American novel, I never lost my appreciation for the therapy of writing. Luckily, I minored in marketing and landed in that field after grad school, so I was able to find an outlet in websites and blogs. I may not be working on that piece of fiction that would change the face of literature, but I still make it a point to use those creative writing classes. Kudos to you for taking on something like this, and best of luck!
Marian AllenMay 11, 2017 at 7:45am
Hey, Bailey! ~waves~
Maybe you should do the May challenge sometime. Just for fun. The first year I did it, I used scraps of story/dialog/character I’d collected over the years. I’m such a slllowwwwww writer, this is a really good exercise for me.