What is Storypraxis?

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Do you have trouble getting going with your creative writing in the morning? Or afternoon? Or evening?

Or do you sometimes sit down at the computer and stare at the blank page, not entirely sure of where to start?

I know some of you don’t have that problem. You open a document and start typing, at your scheduled hour, every day. Not me! I’m the exact opposite. My schedule is random and I have the worst time when it comes to actually putting my fingers on those keys for the sake of my own creativity.

I find I tend to get caught up in other things instead – life, blogging, emails… you name it, it’s a distraction.

Storypraxis is a way to escape all that, for just 10 minutes every day. It was started by freelance editor Andy Meisenheimer (former editor for Zondervan Books) and is a “community blog that is dedicated to helping writers write creatively every day”.

Six days a week, a prompt is posted. It’ll be a word, or a short phrase. You open a document (or your email), set a timer, and write for 10 minutes. That’s it. Ten minutes.

Use your imagination and your creative freedom to create, based on that prompt.

Send your story/response to the prompt in to the blog, and a sample of the stories from that day will be posted to encourage and entertain the rest of the participants.

There’s no commenting allowed on the posts, because it isn’t a critique session. It’s an exercise in creativity, and – this is key – no polishing or editing beyond proofreading. A way of getting you to write, freely, with no barriers but your own imagination.

I’ve participated several times already, and plan to continue doing so!

I met Andy at Write!Canada 2010 earlier this year, so don’t worry that he’s going to run off with your stories or mess with them or anything. He’s cool and genuinely cares about writers and creativity.

I should also mention that I learned about storypraxis from one of my favorite people, award-winning author Mags Storey (who wrote a really awesome YA book called If Only You Knew that you should read, seriously… it won one of the biggest Canadian literary awards this year! …here’s a link to a sample chapter! and another link to a great review!). I met her last year at Write!Canada 2009, and have been privileged to stay in occasional contact since then (and we’ve helped each other out on a few things since then, too). So you should go order her book first, THEN try out storypraxis. Got it? ;)

Come try storypraxis with me today!

Here are a few links to what I’ve contributed so far:

book burning by Faith Boughan

expecting a lie by Faith Boughan

Want to try?

Here’s today’s prompt: imperfection.

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10 comments so far


Thanks for introducing me to Storypraxis. Its sounds cool. I would love to try it out.

October 18th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Very cool. I hadn’t heard what Andy was up to since he left Zondervan. Very cool to hear he’s making tools that writers can use!

Thanks for keeping us updated. :)

October 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

What a cool idea! I bet that would be great when you’re feeling writer’s blockish.

October 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Oh I love prompt pages. Off to check it out!

October 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Thanks so much for the link!

I’ll defiinitely give it a try when I have more time…


October 18th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

That sounds brill, thanks for the link!

October 18th, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Susan B

Sounds very cool, Faith. I plan to give it a shot. Enjoyed reading your creative exercises, and especially like the tag lines after your name :)

October 18th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

That sounds a great idea. A while back some friends and I set up a blog called 100 words a day. It’s such a doable amount and if we committed to it then very often we’d manage more.

I’m just popping by to say hello from one Crusader to another.

October 19th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Yes, everyone, try it!!! It’s fun!!!

And to everyone who thinks they don’t have time right now… it’s oooonly ten minutes ;)

Write yours while you drink your coffee!

October 20th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Heya :-)

Blog award for you on my blog!

October 20th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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