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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

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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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SADM 2018 – Day 20: I’m Gonna Sit Right Down

http://storyaday.org/day-20-im-gonna-sit-right-down

Julie’s prompt today is to… Write A Story In The Form Of A Series of Letters

Tips:

You could do social media updates, conference call, letters, records.

In this story remember that each party in the story has an agenda, conflicts.
You could tell three different sides of a story

Your format will affect the type of language that the characters use: in letters things might be more formal, in texts it’ll be more brief.

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? <laughs then sighs>

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2018 in ideas, short stories

 

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SADM 2018 – Day 19: Direct to Camera

http://storyaday.org/day-19-direct-to-camera

Julie says: May is far from over! Don’t give up now. And if you’ve just discovered StoryADay May, it’s not too late to jump in. Here’s today’s prompt, and you can find a new episode of the podcast here: Is It Time To Quit? (spoiler: no!)

The Prompt: Tell A Story ‘Direct To Camera’

This is probably going to be in first person.

Write as if you’re writing to your best friend, or talking directly to a police officer, or relaying this to a room of strangers.

if all else fails, stand in front of your phone and tell the story. Tell a real story or a fairy story. See what this does to your writing.

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? <laughs then sighs> If you’ve been following this series then you’ll know how far I’ve not come. Mmm…

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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