Colour Your Writing With Synaesthesia

A rare medical condition, synaesthesia is what happens when someone experiences two or more of the senses when, in fact, only one sense or sensation is being experienced. People with this condition ‘taste’ words, ‘see’ sounds or scents, and even ‘hear’ colours. For these people,…
How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: 1.  Express emotion as action: 2.  Choose…
How To Create Quality Content On A Deadline

How To Create Quality Content On A Deadline

Fast Content Creation  How can you create quality content in very little time? Years of experience helps. Or you can warp the time-space matrix and use my workflow! Parkinson's law states that ‘Work expands to fill the time available for its completion’. And boy was…
Writing The Topical Novel

Writing The Topical Novel: Ripped From The Headlines

Sometimes writers take inspiration from the world around them – from political scandals of the day, crimes that grip the imagination, and social or environmental changes that keep us up at night. They take the issue and turn it into a topical novel. What is…
How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

In a previous post, I discussed scenes in short stories. Scenes have specific structures that help us tell our stories. We discussed action scenes specifically. There is, however, another kind of scene that you can use. We call them sequels or reaction scenes. They follow an…
6 Main Story Arcs

Artificial Intelligence Identifies 6 Main Story Arcs

According to a data-mining study, Western literature can mostly fit into just six story arcs. This doesn't surprise us at Writers Write. We always say there are no new plots. The only thing that you have as a writer is your way of telling a story.…
Mastermind Short Story

Mastermind – Submit Your Eighth Short Story Today

I can’t believe that we have already written eight short stories. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for Mastermind (Word count: 1000 words) from 6 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 7 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time)…

Writing Prompts For September 2017

"A writing prompt forces me to write. It also allows me to experiment. It allows me to fill the page. It may start out forced, but it helps me to find my rhythm. It allows me to write ‘badly’. And remember what Picasso said: ‘Inspiration…
Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Tension: The Great Opposite Effect  A good plot is sustained by a single thread: tension. You can have conflicts and resolutions across the span of the story, but tension is the rope that joins it from beginning to end. One way to create tension in…