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SADM 2018 – Day 27: Start at the End

http://storyaday.org/day-27-start-at-the-end

Julie says: Start a story that begins with the ending, then immediately jumps back in time.

e.g. “It all started 12 hours ago.”

Think of this as the way someone might shoot a heist movie: a character is being led out in handcuffs and a voiceover says, “It all started 12 weeks ago.”

(In a short story you probably need to keep the scale in hours as this means you don’t have too many scenes.)

Don’t worry too much about getting this perfect. Feel free to be cheesy. Just have fun. Leave a comment to let us know how you got on!

Go!

And me? Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 26: The Sale

http://storyaday.org/day-26-the-sale

Julie says: Today’s prompt lets you practice your dialogue and thinking about communicating your characters’ motivations to the reader.

One character is trying to sell something to another character. .

This could be metaphorical: they are trying to sell them an idea.

It could be literal: they’re trying to sell them a car.

Go!

Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 25: The Moral Dimension

http://storyaday.org/day-25-the-moral-dimension

Julie says: Write a story about someone whose boss is doing something contrary to the main character’s morals.

Today I want you to write a story about a character whose boss (or somebody important to them, with power over them) is doing something illegal/unethical. How will your character react?

Go!

Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2018 in ideas, short stories

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 24: Disappearing Act

Ironic that the day I forget to share the Story A Day May prompts should be about something that’s not there!

http://storyaday.org/day-24-disappearing-act

Julie says: Tell a story that features a disappearance

This could be an Intrigue/Idea story. At it heart it has a question, or a mystery or a big idea.

It could be the disappearance of a person, a cultural phenomenon, or of the bees, or of Arctic Ice. Or it could be something more nebulous. Your story could be serious or slapstick. What will you come up with?

Go!

Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 23: New Broadcast

http://storyaday.org/10556-2

Julie says: Choose a detail that only your character would notice in this story

(This exercise is borrowed from Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction, a book I highly recommend.)

Think about your character’s past, so that you know what matters to your character, what background they came from.

As an example, I noticed a vase in my in-laws’ house because my parents had the same one. It was really the only notable thing about the vase! It tells you something about our relative backgrounds that our parents chose the same decor…

You might pick something with more emotional resonance: a smell, a song, a flower.

Tell a story about your character that includes a detail that tells us something more about your character.

Go!

Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 22: A Rude Awakening

http://storyaday.org/day-22-a-rude-awakening

Julie says: This week I’m providing you with story starters, to give your imaginations a little kick-start.

Your character wakes up in a space they don’t recognize.

They could wake up in a white van, a locked room, or anywhere that is completely different form their everyday. This gives you the opportunity to explore your character in interesting ways.

There may be other people inside the space, outside the space, interacting with them, or not.

Have fun with this, today!

Go!

Sadly, I’m not doing the challenge this year (too busy) but do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 21: News flash

http://storyaday.org/day-21-news-flash

Julie says: Write A Story As A News Report

This could be a TV report with a panel of pundits yelling at each other, a reporter on the street, the voice of a producer in your anchor’s ear…

Or, this could be a traditional newspaper report.

Remember to tell a story, though!

Go!

This year I won’t be publishing the stories here as I want to send them off somewhere and blogging online counts as published which most outlets won’t accept but will let you know each day how I got on the previous day… so you know I’m doing the challenge with me. Do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

And me? <tumbleweed – swamped with work>

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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