Freely Written: Short Stories From a Simple Prompt

Freely Written: Short Stories From a Simple Prompt

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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August 1, 2022 12 min

In today's story, Getting Lost, Stanley explores the Maze of Mirrors 

The prompt for today's story comes from one of my younger listeners, my best friend's son, Lincoln McMullan. Thanks, Lincoln! I love when people send me prompt suggestions, so if you have an idea, please let me know!

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In today's story, The Frog and the Lotus, a frog goes on a quest for a magical blue lotus

The tale in this story has the flavor of a fable, though you can draw your own conclusions about its moral!

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Bonus episode today! Instead of sharing a new story, Susan is sharing her thoughts on the stories she told in episodes 61 to 64.

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!

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July 4, 2022 8 min

In today's story, If I Could Fly, Jerry wants to go to the pool, his mom wants him to do a little writing first

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.

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June 20, 2022 9 min

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. 

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June 6, 2022 13 min

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. 

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May 23, 2022 11 min

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. 

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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!

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May 10, 2022 10 min

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. 

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April 25, 2022 11 min

*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 mad...

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April 11, 2022 11 min

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. 

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March 28, 2022 11 min

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. 

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March 23, 2022 9 min

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!

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The first novel in Jonny Lupsha's Fogworld series, Wandering...

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March 14, 2022 12 min

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?) 

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March 1, 2022 11 min

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. 

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February 15, 2022 9 min

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 Wander...

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February 1, 2022 10 min

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!

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January 27, 2022 9 min

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!

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January 18, 2022 11 min

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. 

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January 4, 2022 10 min

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.

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