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A story a day, for a month … what could ever go wrong?


Let it be known that it is all my friend Claire’s fault.
Me, I was minding my own business, trying to type faster and close as soon as possible all the works I have hanging and…
Really, it’s her fault!

But over at her blog Scribblings, Clare wrote about this thing called #StoryADayMay, the brainchild of writer Julie Duffy.
Basically, they send you a prompt every day, and you write a story.
As simple as that.
And I thought… why not?

We are talking flash fiction here, and this is very interesting because

  • I am weak on flash fiction, and might benefit from a thorough workout
  • flash fiction is always on demand, and so I might develop a nice reservoir of stories to submit to various markets
  • I might try and branch out into new genres

And then of course there’s the sheer pleasure of working my writing muscles. And two fingers cleanly waved at the current adversities.
Because when things get bleak, we can always write the bleakness away.

The Rules of StoryADay are pretty flexible, so much so that we are invited to set our own rules for this challenge. My own rules are simple

  1. I’ll write one story per day, every day for four weeks – this will give me three free days to leave room for the unexpected
  2. I will post one story per week on my Patreon Page, and one story per week (not the same) on this blog – this will still leave 20 stories for future submissions
  3. I will also post about the process, both here and on Patreon

So here we are – twelve hours to go.
No matter what will happen, this is going to be a lot of fun.

Watch this space, and wish me luck.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “A story a day, for a month … what could ever go wrong?

  1. Ah – I rather thought you might… and that you’d lay the blame at my door, of course! 😀

    That said, I should perhaps explain that StoryADay is not necessarily about flash fiction: it seems that Julie Duffy (together with many of her challenge-takers) has this habit of drafting a short story of any length each day. Or, actually, a scene, a chapter… just about anything.

    I’ve chosen flash fiction because that’s what I should be working on at the moment, but longer works seem to be quite fine as well.

    Well – a few hours, and it will be time to take the plunge. See you inside, then!


    • Of course I lay the blame at your door!
      It was because of you that I found out about StoryADay!
      And as I said, I chose flash fiction because that’s where I feel I need some intensive exercise.
      And I’d like to write a complete story a day because… well, because it’s called StoryADay, I guess.
      But yes – a few hours, and we’ll see how it turns out.
      Happy writing!


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