7 Ways To Outline A Plot: The Ultimate Infographic

There are many ways to create a plot outline for your novel. "Outlines can be: 50-page detailed plans A reworking of The Hero’s Journey A simple series of index cards with a list of characters, major scenes and sequels Structured timelines A series of character questionnaires showing…

The Big 5 Personality Traits

Building The Psychology Of Your Characters Is your character over confident or narcissistic?  Are they stubborn or neurotic? Are they open to adventure or closed off to new experiences? Who are they at the core? If you’re not sure, you could use the Big Five…

How To Make The Most Of Scenes In Short Stories

We speak about scene often in writing and especially in short stories. The past few weeks with www.12shortstories.com we have discussed lengthening and shortening our stories. One of the suggestions was to either add or reduce your scenes, but perhaps we should look at what…

William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing

Novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, William Goldman (born 12 August 1931) has become a writing legend over a career spanning fifty years. His novels include Marathon Man, and The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman adapted for film. He won two Academy Awards for the screenplays,…

The Club – Submit Your Seventh Short Story Today

It is time to submit your seventh story. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for The Club (Word count: 750 words) from 9 August 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 10 August, 8:00 (Johannesburg time) on 12 Short…

The 11 Top-Earning Authors Of 2017

Every year, Forbes announces the top-earning authors in the world.  Nearly half of the authors on 2017's list are women. This year also saw some of the perennial favourites falling off the list, including George R.R. Martin, John Green, and Veronica Roth. Hayley C. Cuccinello writes: 'For…

7 Steps To Writing Compelling Copy For Your Infographics

You will find Infographics everywhere on social media. We found this fabulous Infographic on how to create infographics on Visme's blog. Mary Walton writes: 'Infographics are now a popular and common way of getting across a lot of information in a short amount of time. The…