Which Country Reads The Most?

A Guide to Global Reading Habits "People read books not only for knowledge, but also for entertainment and as therapy. Since the printing press was invented in the 15th century, books have intrigued populations worldwide. The best-selling book of all time is Cervantes' Don Quixote, originally published in…

The Pros (& Cons) Of Outlining

Storytelling is a craft. Much of the craft has to do with the structure of the story, the construction of its narrative. The process of planning how the story works is known as outlining. Outlining with index cards that stand for plot events is a…

June 2017 – Course Timetable

Course Description June July Writers Write How to write a book 1,8,15,22 Writers Write How to write a book 19-22 24-27 The Plain Language Programme How to write for business 13-14 Blogging and Social Media Course How to write for the web 10-11 18-19 Short…

2 Types Of Conflict To Squeeze Into A Short Story

In the previous 12 Short Stories post, we discussed inner and outer conflict. We identified WHO and WHAT caused the conflict. The WHO helped us to create our antagonist. In this post, I want to discuss the WHAT, which causes and adds to the inner conflict.…

How To Tell A Great Business Story

If you need to tell a story about a personality in business, or about how a product changed a person's life, try the formula on this infographic. It will give you a starting point and a destination. This will work for talking about people in…

The Oxford Comma

According to the Oxford Dictionary, "The 'Oxford comma' is an optional comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list: We sell books, videos, and magazines. It's known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at…

The Writers Write Interview – Lesley Pearse 2017

Author: Lesley Pearse Date of Birth: 24 February 1945 Date of Interview: 10 May 2017 Book on Promotion: Dead To Me Place of Interview: Winehouse, Ten Bompas Hotel Interviewer: Mia Botha We were fortunate to host Lesley Pearse for a second time. (Click here for our…

An Illustrated Look At Creating Dynamic Characters

"There's something wrong with your main characters, and you can't quite put your finger on it. When we struggle with creating a compelling, believable story for our protagonists, it most often boils down to one thing: we haven't fully grasped who they are, and what…