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Freely Written: Short Stories From a Simple Prompt

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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

Summer Camp

5/24/2022
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 series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing breaks and shared as a way to...

Duration:00:11:02

Bonus Commentary: Episodes 56 to 59

5/19/2022
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 Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's...

Duration:00:07:18

What Did You Hear?

5/10/2022
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 current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing breaks and shared as a...

Duration:00:10:58

You are My Sunshine

4/26/2022
*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's a new favorite from Barbarah Robertson Pottery, and it made me think of the old song, You are My Sunshine. More about Susan Quilty Susan...

Duration:00:11:36

Forgiveness

4/12/2022
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 about. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic...

Duration:00:11:30

The Academy

3/29/2022
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 writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written...

Duration:00:11:32

Bonus Commentary: Episodes 51 to 54

3/24/2022
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 episode: The first novel in Jonny Lupsha's Fogworld series, Wandering City Blues Behind the Name's Random Name Generator More...

Duration:00:09:44

The Lost Hour

3/15/2022
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 you tell I'm not a fan?) More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA series:...

Duration:00:12:45

Tautology

3/1/2022
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 Freely Written on Facebook. More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including two standalone novels and her current YA...

Duration:00:11:34

Yikes on Bikes

2/15/2022
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 creatures that emerged from the ocean. The first book in the series is called Wandering City Blues, and you can pick up a copy here. Thanks for the...

Duration:00:09:15

Nefarious

2/1/2022
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 two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during...

Duration:00:10:31

Bonus Commentary: Episodes 46 to 49

1/27/2022
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 Freely Written shirts and merch at the Bitter Lily Books Online Shop! More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including...

Duration:00:09:55

Duck à l'Orange

1/18/2022
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, including two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are...

Duration:00:11:23

The End of an Era

1/4/2022
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 two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick...

Duration:00:10:22

A New Leaf

12/28/2021
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 current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing breaks and shared as a...

Duration:00:10:00

The Spirit of Christmas

12/14/2021
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 two standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick...

Duration:00:12:49

Bonus Commentary: Episodes 41 to 44

12/9/2021
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 Freely Written shirts and merch at the Bitter Lily Books Online Shop! More about Susan Quilty Susan Quilty mainly writes novels, including...

Duration:00:08:40

Storage War

11/30/2021
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 standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing...

Duration:00:09:50

Thank You for Being a Friend

11/16/2021
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 standalone novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing...

Duration:00:08:25

Queen of Everything

11/2/2021
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 novels and her current YA series: The Psychic Traveler Society. Susan's short stories for Freely Written are created during quick writing...

Duration:00:09:35