StoryADay is a creativity challenge to write, well, a short story every day during May.
I am a proud (and nervous) participant this year. What do I have to lose? Nothing!
Except for an hour or two a day… which is the time taken to write the raw draft of a short story (since my stories rarely cross 2000 words and I type about 4 pages an hour if I forget to be lazy, I hope that’s is a reasonable statement to make!)
The StoryADay challenge is to get you do a marathon sprint for a month, and let you know who the boss is in your creative process – you or your muse (hint: the right answer is NOT the latter).
If you have 30 hours to spare or the creativity to make time work for you, join the this challenge. Even if you do not succeed, you will have 30 half-complete drafts that can be completed over the course of the next eight months (for most of us, time is not the enemy – procrastination is. You will still come out with something that did not exist before you joined. But if you win… think about it, that would a reason to party all night!
All you need to do is write a complete story every day. You can do it from anywhere, and use a PC, a notepad, or your favorite black board. You don’t have to upload your stories on the site or prove anyway that you are succeeding. In any case, only YOU are accountable for your challenges, and it is nobody else’s responsibility to monitor you!
You don’t even have to sign up if you don’t want to. The creator of StoryADay, Julie Duffy, has made it so that you can be as involved or as detached as you wish. If you had to fight nail and tooth to get that one hour every day, then it is understandable that you won’t have the bandwidth to do anything else :). But, if you are curious, take a look at the site – it is inspiring, to say the least.
And if Neil Gaiman Himself has given a stamp of approval, then you know you ought to at least attempt it and see where it takes you 🙂