Writing Courses In March 2018

Our Johannesburg Timetable: Course Description March April Writers Write How to write a book 3,10,17,24   Writers Write How to write a book 12-15   The Plain Language Programme Write for business   17-18 Blogging and Social Media Course Write for the web 6-7  …

4 Tips & Tricks To Help You Survive Your Outline

This week, I’ve been struggling with the outline of a story. So often it seems, when planning your novel or script, you get to a point where you’re happy – or mildly satisfied – with your outline only to find a plot hole or a…

Desperate Times – Submit Your Second Short Story For 2018

And there goes February. Well done to everyone who made it. I have mailed posting instructions to everyone. Please use them. The less I have to fix the faster I can approve the posts.  Submission process: I will accept and approve posts for Desperate Times (Word count:…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Brackets

Welcome to the seventh post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm. (Look out for the punctuation posts…

20 Clutter Words & Phrases To Avoid

Inexperienced writers clutter their writing with words and phrases that are redundant and add nothing to the meaning of the piece. [Suggested reading: 6 Ways To Shorten Your Sentences And Improve Your Writing] Sometimes it can be difficult to identify excess verbiage and unnecessary words…

A Bit Of Love For Your Short-Story Telling Soul

As creators we put a lot of ourselves into the world and we often forget to take something back. We also need to refuel. Podcasts are a fun way for me to find little nuggets of wisdom that feed my soul while I am doing…

5 Ways To Add Love To Popular Genres

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I was thinking about how much we all love to go on date night or movie night on this day. So, just for some lighthearted fun this week, I wanted to have a look at how we could bring a…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Hyphens & Em Dashes

Welcome to the sixth post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm. (Look out for the punctuation posts…

All About Writing Prompts & Writing Practice

Why Should You Write Every Day? Writing every day helps a writer to write in the same way running every day helps an athlete keep in shape. A blank page is daunting. You stare at the screen or at your notebook and wait for lightning…