A QUICK NAVIGATION GUIDE TO THE STORYFEATHER SITE.
Nowadays, there’s a lot to see, read, listen to, or purchase (wink).
WHAT IS STORYFEATHER?
An endeavor that started as a challenge to write one short story every week.
WHO IS NILA?
The author of all the stories, artist for most stories, and podcast host.
🤔 WHAT IS THERE TO SEE AROUND HERE?
BEHOLD…TRAILERS OF THE MOST RECENT SHORT STORIES AND PODCAST EPISODES
Each trailer is 1 minute or less.
JUST WANT TO EXPLORE THE PODCAST?
The Storyfeather podcast is hosted on Libsyn. You can also listen most places where you can find podcasts.
Nila’s mom raves, “So boring. I don’t know who would listen to this.”
EXPLORE STORIES BY GENRE
EXPLORE STORIES BY THEME
More themes to come in future!
EXPLORE STORIES BY YEAR
Each Button BELOW Goes to A Hub Page.
The 52 stories for that year are listed with titles, taglines, and the story image.
YEAR ONE: THE CHALLENGE
The Storyfeather endeavor began when I challenged myself to write a short story every week for a year. And to keep myself accountable, I would post those stories online on my own site.
YEAR EIGHT: REVISITATION
So many stories. So many possibilities for revisiting a character, an object, a place, or an idea. Don’t worry. No need to read the previous stories. The revisitations stand alone.
YEAR NINE: THE WHEEL OF FICTION
I put all the previous years’ themes onto a spin wheel, with a few mystery spokes that become revealed as the year goes on. Whatever the wheel lands on is the theme for a given week’s story.
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY? FROM ME?
It can be so.
Here’s a preview. It’s the recap from my lecture on what to do if you get Stuck, Blocked, or Bored with the story you’re trying to write.
Video description: Preview from Nila’s online course. Text in bold appears onscreen as spoken, then fades. Transcript reads as follows: So to recap, if you’re stuck, or blocked, or bored with your story, use any or all of these potential solutions.
Stop and ask “Why?” Why are you bored? Why are you blocked? And if the final answer is “I don’t know,” remind yourself that you’re a storyteller and come up with a fictional answer. I’m only half joking. Doing that exercise might help kick your imagination back into gear. Maybe it’ll just help because you’ll be working on something fun that doesn’t matter.
Skip around. Who says you need to write the story in sequence? Remember the outline? It’ll help put things in sequence later.
Walk away, if that’s an option. But to keep your break from turning into procrastination, put some kind of condition on the walking away based on how you work best. Also, this probably goes without saying, but don’t walk away if you haven’t tried doing anything yet.
Use a different tool or strategy. Journal to brainstorm a solution to the current problem. Do the “what if?” exercise again. Set a deadline or timeline.
Make a decision. Many times, blocks in life are caused by the struggle to come to a decision. One decision is to write through the block or the boredom. Let it be bad until it gets good. Or write something else to get warmed up. An email. Your shopping list. This proves your ability to write is not blocked. Something else is going. If it’s not your writing ability that’s blocked, what’s going on? Maybe the scene isn’t working. If you made the wrong decision, now you know, and you can make a different decision going forward. You can rewrite the scene or the part that wasn’t working.
Zoom out and then zoom back in. The outline and maybe even the brainstorm can help with this, with showing you the big picture. If you’re still excited by the story, but not by the part of it you’re writing, zooming out may help you see why that part is not working.
Track your progress. Delete sections of the outline as you write and re-save your document. Track a metric like your word count or page count, or time spent writing, so you know how much work you’re really doing.
So if you’re stuck, or blocked, or bored, I hope these tips can help you get unstuck, unblocked, and unbored. Or excited—re-excited—that’s better.
By pressing the button, you’ll be leaving the Storyfeather site and going to the Teachable site.
THERE’S A BUTTON IN THE SIDEBAR LABELED “RANDOM.”
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT’S PRESSED?
I…uh…you do it!
A Note for WordPress users: I lost my follow button when I made changes to my site. But you can still follow Storyfeather through the Reader. Go to Reader-> Click on Followed sites-> Click All-> Type “storyfeather.com” into the search bar at the top. The follow button should be just underneath.