6 Myths About Genre That Should Be Shattered

6 Myths About Genre That Should Be Shattered

The boundary lines of genre have become a lot more fluid in recent years, especially since the boom of online fiction, self-publishing and independent publishing. However, it is still important to understand the role of genre for the author who wants to establish a brand…

14 Tips For Entering Short Story Competitions

We’re super excited about the 12 Short Stories competition. Tomorrow is the first, optional deadline. You can still enter the competition until the final deadline on 6 December 2017. If you want to do well when you sign up for a short story event, consider…

5 Ways To Trust Your Instinct For Storytelling

We are all born with an instinct for storytelling and narrative. And not just writers, singers, painters or photographers—the art belongs to us as an innately creative species, don’t you think? Right now, you’re thinking that this doesn’t apply to you. “I don’t have that…

6 Ways To Experiment In Short Stories

One of the best things about a short story is that you have the opportunity to experiment. It gives you the chance to do something you have never done before. Here is a list of suggestions if you want to try something different. You can…

Writing Prompts For November 2017

It's time for NaNoWriMo again. Why not use our writing prompts as a starting point for your novel? Write 1 667 words for each prompt and you'll reach your word count. We posted a handy calendar to help you here: NaNoWriMo Calendar Editor’s Note: If…

Perennial NaNoWriMo Calendar

November is novel writing month – NaNoWriMo – and the goal, if you participate, is to write a novel of 50 000 words in 30 days. In the past we've posted calendars for specific years. This year, we've created a calendar that can be downloaded every year.…
How To Think Like A Writer Every Day

How To Think Like A Writer Every Day

We learn how to plot, write dialogue, create characters, and pace a book, but we would become even better writers if we knew how to think like a writer in our everyday lives. How can we do this? Firstly, we need to stop looking at…

7 Simple Tips To Organise Your Research

As a writer, research is a vital part of putting together your novel or your non-fiction book. While we usually keep our manuscript in a document file, sometimes our research can become a bit chaotic and all over the place and, when we’re looking for…
3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing

3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing

There are many things a character needs to do in a story, and many more that authors need to exclude. ‘Drama is life with the dull parts left out.’ ~Alfred Hitchcock We all have pet hates when we read. They can be big mistakes, such…