Episode 91: How to Write Every Day – Interview with Julie Duffy

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there Word Nerd!

Today I have the great pleasure of hosting Julie Duffy on the show.

Julie is the founder of the StoryADay May creative writing challenge, which is basically like the short story version of NaNoWriMo. This challenge happens in May, which is only a few short weeks away and if you’re looking for a way to reboot your creativity, this is it. The StoryADay challenge is an incredible experience!

More personally, though, Julie and I both started our respective projects (her StoryADay, my DIY MFA) the same year and only a few months apart. You could say we’re part of the same creative cohort and we’ve “come up through the ranks” together. Julie is one of my most trusted colleagues, probably the person I most frequently turn to for advice and insights outside the DIY MFA team, and I’m also lucky to count her as one of my good friends. Today it is an honor and pleasure to introduce my word nerds to someone who I’ve known is AWESOME for quite some time.

In this episode Julie and I discuss:

  • Whether writing one story a day for a month is easier or harder than writing a novel in a month.
  • How to keep the creative well from running dry.
  • Setting limits and how they can help you be more creative.
  • Barriers to overcome in order to be more creative.

Plus, Julie’s #1 tip for writers.


About Julie Duffy

Julie Duffy is the founder of StoryADay.org and a experienced public speaker on topics such as creativity, productivity for writers, self-publishing – with an emphasis on ebooks and print on-demand, and short stories. Her first ebook, 21st Century Publishing, was published in 2001 and grew out of her popular newsletter and website of the same name. She has been sharing tools and insights with authors ever since, in publications such as Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal.

Julie has hosted StoryADay May since 2010 and StoryADay September since 2012.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Julie was Director of Author Services at Xlibris, the first company to offer print on-demand services directly to authors. In this role she frequently spoke at writers’ conferences about the new age of publishing that was dawning and is now shaking apart the publishing world. She personally worked with a couple of thousand authors from first-time writers to best-selling authors such as Piers Anthony and Daniel Pinkwater.

She knows writers. She knows about the new world of publishing. She is happy to introduce them to each other. If you want to learn more about Julie and StoryADay, visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Links from the Episode

Interested in signing up for StoryADay? Go here to sign up! You can also sign up for email updates to get reminders about upcoming challenges and other StoryADay info. And don’t forget to order your copy of A Month of Writing Prompts 2016 (affiliate link).

Need inspiration to jumpstart your story writing? Check out Writer Igniter.

We also mentioned That Guy in Your MFA during the show.

Link to Episode 91

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To find out what your unique talent as a writer is, take the Storytelling Superpower quiz at: DIYMFA.com/STSP.


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Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.

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