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#StoryADayMay 2023

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This year too I’ll be taking part in StoryADay May,

A month-long short-story challenge in which writers write (finish) a short story every day In May.

Why, you ask.
Because it’s free.
Because I am “between jobs” and I am beginning to feel the existential dread of not being able to write/sell any more stories in the foresee4able future, and thus sink into poverty and madness*.
Because it is objectively a very good way to do some writing and replenish my portfolio of stories. Once I have written my May stories, I’ll have the rest of the year to submit them and try and sell them.
Because it is a great opportunity to try new and different genres, or test-drive new characters or settings.
Nice and smooth.

During the month of May I’ll be receiving daily prompts – that I may or may not choose to use.
The idea is to write a story a day – that is 31 short stories.

But because the rules of the game are flexible, I am setting down these personal rules for myself

a . “story” means both fiction and non-fiction. I may decide to write a few articles instead.

b . blog posts do not count as stories (but I may later on post some stuff I created during the challenge)

c . flash fiction is OK

d . I will write and finish at least 5 stories a week (basically, I’m keeping my weekends free). At least means I’ll strive to go for 31 stories anyway.

And this is it.

Less than 24 hours to go, then we begin.
Let’s see what happens.

(*) this, incidentally, is a real form of anxiety that comes with writing for a living – if you can’t write/sell your stories, you do not make a living. There are no guarantees. Every new sale, every paid bill, is at the intersection of hard word and sheer 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.

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