2017 #StoryDam Story Nags: Do You Want a Daily Writing Check-in?

Even this laptop cowboy uses the #StoryDam tag out on the range! (photo by Tui Snider)
Even this laptop cowboy uses the #StoryDam tag out on the range! (photo by Tui Snider)

What is a #StoryDam Story Nag?

At the beginning of 2015 (has it really been that long?) I asked folks what they hoped to gain by coming to #StoryDam chat and what we could do to help them. Although everyone phrased it differently, it boiled down to this: Accountability. [2018 Update: Even though this post is from last year, I’m resharing it tonight. It all still holds true!]

A daily Twitter check-in for writers

So, after brainstorming as a group, we came up with the idea of having a daily check-in. And, that my friends, is how the daily #StoryDam Story Nags were born.

Even this laptop cowboy uses the #StoryDam tag out on the range! (photo by Tui Snider)
Even this laptop cowboy uses the #StoryDam tag out on the range! (photo by Tui Snider)

How #StoryDam Story Nags work

It’s a simple idea, really: Each day, usually around 6pm Eastern Time, I send out a series of tweets asking people to tweet back on the #StoryDam tag with a progress report on their writing.

Just a friendly reminder

These “story nags” are simply an opportunity to touch base with the rest of the #StoryDam community. You can respond to the #StoryDam tweet however you want: give us your word count for the day, tell us about your plot, or share a helpful link you found. It’s not meant to stress anyone out or make you feel guilty. It’s just a chance to chat about your writing with people who care!

#StoryDam is open to ALL writers

Although the official #StoryDam weekly writing chat takes place each Thursday from 8-9 Eastern time, the #StoryDam tag is open 24/7 for writing related chat, so don’t be shy! The tag is an open conversation on Twitter for anyone who enjoys sharing their writing progress and encouraging others along the way.

How to be added to the daily #StoryDam Story Nags:

If you would like to be added to the daily #StoryDam Story Nag tweets, it’s super easy. All you need to do is let me know you’d like to be added to the list in a comment below. ****Please remember to tell me your Twitter handle!!! That way, I know who to direct the tweets to.


See you ‘round the #StoryDam tag!

And that’s it! I look forward to tweeting along with you this year and seeing how your writing goes. 😀

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.


  1. I would like to continue the StoryDam Story Nags. I find that it helps me be accountable for writing. I feel ashamed sometimes for not writing anything, but it is fulfilling to hear everyone else’s progress or struggles. This year, I am going to make more of a habit to write something, even if it’s an outline or something I read that has nothing to do with writing. I feel like any writing is good writing.

    • Yay! So glad you’ll be sticking with the #StoryDam Story Nags, George. It’s been fun sending them out and I love to see how everyone’s writing is going. 😀

  2. Krio me on the nag list @penpaperpad. I love the check-in and seeing what other people are doing. This year I may look and see what folks are doing in the other nag lists. It’s a nice way to get to know each other a little better 140 characters at a time.

    • Good idea, Tamara! I just keep a column with #StoryDam up in my Tweetdeck. Helps me keep up with all the #StoryDam action – from the nag list and just in general. 😀

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