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Short stories spark your imagination. Join author Susan Quilty as she uses simple writing prompts to free-write her way into strange, silly, or poignant tales. Biweekly episodes offer new stories, while bonus episodes share Susan's commentary on previous stories. To learn more about Susan and her books, visit SusanQuilty.com.
 
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In today's story, If I Could Fly, a boy has to finish a learning activity before going to the pool Today's prompt captures the struggles of parents who just want their kids to keep up with a little learning over the summer and kids who just want to spend their break with their friends. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, incl…
 
In today's story, Sandy Beach, a destination wedding brings new friends together Today's prompt celebrates the start of summer. Sun and surf, wind and waves, there's a lot to love on a day at the beach... maybe it's time for an ocean getaway. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current …
 
Robert Dessaix is the quintessential public intellectual. Sparking off his new book ‘Abracadabra’, we talked about Robert’s personal language (‘K’), the inspiration he draws from Nikolai Gogol, and being raised by an adoptive father who was born in the 1880s. Our conversation took place as part of the ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author Series, in a…
 
In today's story, Goulash, Ronny's dad serves up a magical dinner Today's prompt was inspired by a random online article about goulash. This traditional Hungarian dish inspired a loosely related American version that was a favorite when I was growing up, though I haven't thought about it in years. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes …
 
Today's story, Summer Camp, features a summer camp and a little magic Today's prompt was inspired by a chat at a recent book signing event. It wasn't a specific suggestion but talk of silly lyrics from an old camp song gave me the idea. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA ser…
 
Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 56 to 59. Check back for new stories every other Tuesday. Every fifth episode (like this one) will offer bonus commentary on the previous 4 stories. To avoid spoilers, listen to those story episodes before this one! More about Susa…
 
In today's story, What Did You Hear?, Alice has a talk with her teenage daughter Today's prompt simply came from a question I heard on a random TV show. Sometimes a phrase jumps out as a good prompt and I run with it. This was one of those times. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her curr…
 
*Exciting News!* A new book, Freely Written Vol. 1, is now available! It features 20 stories from this podcast and makes a great gift for story lovers! In today's story, You are My Sunshine, Gene adjusts to life back in the office after working from home. Today's prompt was inspired by a my beautiful yellow coffee mug that says "Hello Sunshine!" It…
 
In today's story, Forgiveness, a young women treks up a mountain in search of mystical answers Today's prompt was inspired by a book I was reading that talked about forgiveness. That's always been a complicated topic for me... so I turned it into a writing prompt. I'm not sure how I feel about the story that came out, but it's something to think ab…
 
In today's story, The Academy a shimmering door leads students to their futures Today's prompt was inspired by the Academy Awards. While I'm not one to watch award shows, they do dominate the news. Seeing the word over and over led to the realization that "The Academy" could be a great writing prompt. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly wri…
 
Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 51 to 54. Check back for new stories every other Tuesday. Every fifth episode (like this one) will offer bonus commentary on the previous 4 stories. To avoid spoilers, listen to those story episodes before this one! Two references …
 
In today's story, The Lost Hour, reality bends for an ER nurse working through the start of Daylight Saving Time Today's prompt was inspired by the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, an insanely annoying period when some of us are forced to cope with "springing ahead," losing an hour, and feeling out of sync with a suddenly shifted schedule. (Can y…
 
In today's story, Tautology, a sensible nature can also be helped by some street smarts Today's prompt came from my friend David Fisher. Thanks, David! I wasn't sure where to go with this one but started typing and let the story take shape as I worked the prompt in. If you have a story prompt suggestion, please let me know! Message me or look for F…
 
In today's story, Yikes on Bikes, An online name generator offers crazy results Today's prompt came from my friend and fellow writer, Jonny Lupsha. Jonny is the author of several books, including the Fogworld series, which is set in a future where poisonous fog has blanketed the earth and survivors have built cities on the backs of massive creature…
 
In today's story, Nefarious, Kelsey waits in the shadows for a mysterious stranger Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from my friend Stacy Foster, who has been a solid supporter of my writing and a top patron on my Patreon page. Thanks, Stacy! More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including …
 
Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 46 to 49. Check back for new stories every other Tuesday. Every fifth episode (like this one) will offer bonus commentary on the previous 4 stories. To avoid spoilers, listen to those story episodes before this one! You can now buy…
 
In today's story, Duck à l'Orange, a duck reminds our friends Sheryl and Ted of the goose that was once in their house Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came to me randomly when I started thinking about common expressions, and then switched to French phrases. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels…
 
In today's story, The End of an Era, two friends discuss what counts as an era and how to know when it's over Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including t…
 
In this week's story, A New Leaf, a royal hunting party offers a fresh start Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her curr…
 
In this week's story, The Spirit of Christmas, love and loss come together during a magical mountain journey Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including tw…
 
Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 41 to 44. Check back for new stories every other Tuesday. Every fifth episode (like this one) will offer bonus commentary on the previous 4 stories. To avoid spoilers, listen to those story episodes before this one! You can now buy…
 
In this week's story, Storage War, siblings argue over a storage unit with an unknown inheritance Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalon…
 
In this week's story, Thank You for Being a Friend, a heart-to-heart chat becomes a pop culture fest Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standa…
 
In this week's story, Queen of Everything, a young woman gets a chance at the job of a lifetime Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone …
 
In this week's story, The Clown, a mysterious figure suggests an uncertain future Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her…
 
Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 36 to 39. Check back for new stories every Tuesday. Every fifth episode (like this one) will offer bonus commentary on the previous 4 stories. To avoid spoilers, listen to those story episodes before this one! More about Susan Quil…
 
In this week's story, Pumpkin Spice, a fall shopping trip takes an unexpected turn Suggestions for writing prompts are always welcome! Today's prompt came from more of a random thought about how people can find different meanings in the same statement. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and he…
 
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