Story-A-Day Challenge

Story-A-Day: A Thrilling Challenge!

If you frequent my blog at all, you may have noticed a rash of recent stories being posted.  I’m not normally one to post pieces to my blog (publishers who don’t accept “previously published” stories often consider posting on a blog to be previously published).

But for the Story-A-Day challenge, I decided to go ahead and post the stories.  The challenge is all about writing – regardless of how good the writing is, whether or not it could ever be published, etc.  It’s about getting into a habit of writing.  Constantly.  Every day.  If only a ‘twitter fiction.’

The challenge has been thrilling for me.  Like any writer, I have often struggled with long bouts of writer’s block.  It’s horrible.  Like you can feel all these words swirling inside your chest – but there’s no way to let them out.  You stare at the blank paper, or screen, for hours.  Type a few words.  Erase them.  Scribble a line.  Cross it out.  And there’s no relief – not until you finish a story.  It’s half the reason I write!

I didn’t think the challenge would go well when I first started it.  To be honest, I wasn’t completely committed at first.  I decided to ‘give it a try.’  Just to see how things went.

This morning the prompt didn’t really inspire me.  I didn’t know what I was going to write about.  But as I was making dinner tonight, it just kind of…came to me.  Thoughts tumbling together until I had to run to the living room and start typing away on my laptop.  Was it my best story?  Nope.  Definitely not.  But it’s a story.  It’s written down.  I feel peaceful because I completed the challenge.  Because I wrote.

So if you haven’t ever heard of the challenge and need a good method to get you out of the writer’s block rut – check Story-A-Day out.  I could not be happier with the challenge.  As an awesome bonus, there’s a neat little community on the website where authors constantly keep each other encouraged and read each others’ stories.

So thanks for stopping by.  I just thought I’d explain what was going on with my recent story postings.  I hope you’ll stop in often and let me know what you think of the pieces I throw on the blog.


~Alexis A. Hunter


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