9 Useful Character Questionnaires For Writers

Writers want to create characters readers will remember. We want our readers to empathise with them and to be able to think about them as real people - even if the story is set in another dimension. Character questionnaires help writers. We don’t want to…
12 Short Stories Competition

Last Chance To Submit Your Short Story

All stories for the 2018 12 Short Stories Competition must be submitted tomorrow. Here are the details: Prompt: The Cottage. Word count: 1200 words Deadline: 19 September 2018 Cost: $35 You will have until 10 October 2018 to comment and rewrite your story. A huge…

A Magic Trick For Writing

Guest Post The concept of point of view (POV) is a central magic of fiction writing. An editing client has just let me know he has problems with it, so I suggested he use guided imagery to help. Guided imagery is a little story you…

The AVBOB Poetry Project Year 2

Promoted Post Press release:  When the AVBOB Poetry Project was first announced on Mandela Day 2017, the hope – though modest and tentative – was that the online poetry competition that was launched two weeks later would provide a significant social resource for all South…
7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Good Writers

7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Good Writers

Introverts are often teased for being quiet and wanting to be alone. They are seen as being reserved, but the truth is that they prefer to conserve their energy for meaningful interactions with people who matter to them. According to Allison Abrams, introverts  'are not…

Delete – Submit Your Ninth Short Story For 2018 Today

Nine stories done! I am very proud. So far, we have almost 80 writers in line to get 12/12. Keep going, writers. If you haven't entered our competition yet, read 12 Short Stories – Competition Time Again! Submission process: I will accept and approve posts…
National Book Week 2018: Our Stories

National Book Week 2018: Our Stories

What is National Book Week? South Africa celebrates National Book Week, which begins in the first week of September every year. In 2018, we celebrate the week from 03-09 September. National Book Week (NBW) is South Africa’s largest and most recognised reading promotion campaign. Reading and literacy…
Writing Prompts September 2018

30 Writing Prompts For September 2018

Use our writing prompts to help you establish a writing routine. If you want to know how to use your prompts, read: All About Writing Prompts & Writing Practice Prompts give you a starting point to get you writing. A prompt can be anything: a word, a line from…
12 Short Stories Competition

12 Short Stories – Competition Time Again!

We are thrilled to announce the second 12 Short Stories Writing Competition. The competition is open to everyone, but please read the Terms & Conditions and familiarise yourself with the 12 Short Stories website: 12 Short Stories Please note: This year, the competition will be on a separate…