Happy May Day! I've been thinking a good deal about creative habits of late. I'm 171 days into my year long photo story project, A Year of Us, and I have to admit, my work, or my ideas about how I approach my work has changed. A few weeks ago, a friend asked me how the project has affected me. Going through a daily routine, one I know I have to keep no matter what, has given me a new sense of freedom in my work. I've learned to check my ego at the start and articulate something true in a moment. I also follow the shitty first draft or shitty first click notion and move on. Edits happen after the real action of making the work, uninhibited. If you've taken one of my photo e-courses or completed a creative 365 day project of your own, then you understand how a daily habit helps improve your craft. Routine habits are also a sure-fire way to hold ourselves accountable in an honest and real way. Storytelling plays a big role in my writing and photography. I studied fine art and editorial photography in graduate school and apply a strong narrative craft to the work I'm creating. Stories connect us to moments and to each other. Using narrative techniques in photography creates meaningful strong images. If you subscribe to email updates here, then you've heard mention of the new storytelling photography e-course I'm writing called, Story in a Frame. The course shows how to craft strong photographs through storytelling. I can't wait until the course is bundled up and ready to share. Until then, I thought it would be fun to create a story-inspired Instagram challenge for May. I've included 31 daily prompts to inspire you to capture a story snippet with your favorite camera (mine will be an iPhone). Feel free to interpret the prompts literally or figuratively. Complete all 31 or only 1, it's up to you. Make this challenge your own. If you play along, and I hope you do, use the #storyinaframe hashtag so we can find and follow along on Instagram. Ready, click, go!