How Much Story Do You Need In Your Short Story?

Last month’s word count for 12 Short Stories was only 500 words. Yikes, I know. Whose idea was that? And the month before that it was 2 500 words and now we are writing 1 200 words. It is a serious writing workout. Any story…

10 Important Things To Remember About Scenes And Sequels

How To Master Scenes And Sequels Our lives are made up of scenes and sequels. We live through times of action and periods of reflection. Some periods of our lives seem completely action-packed and others are relatively conflict-free. Novels are also made up of these…

The Love Child – Mashing Up Wild Plot Ideas

We’ve been exploring plot ideas this month. I think that putting a magnifying glass on plot is always a good idea. Characters are vital in a story, but plot is what holds it all together. It allows the characters to come to life – with…

Going Home – Submit Your Fifth Short Story Today

It is June and we are freezing in the Southern Hemisphere, but while we are freezing we are also submitting our fifth short stories for the 12 Short Story Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Please remember that I will not be accepting any…

Doodle The Door Open: 3 Tips To Stay Creative

We all have a hive of unleashed creative energy locked in our skulls. It’s mostly intangible, hidden away behind an impenetrable, concrete block of a door. This door is connected to the mother of all hydraulic, digit-decapitating door hinges. It’s programmed to be closed and…

Sign Up On Our New 12 Short Stories Website

We are super excited to invite you to join our new platform for the 12 Short Stories Challenge. We are going to move everything that is on Facebook over to our new site. This is also your opportunity to catch up. You have one week…

33 Fabulous Resources To Use When You Name Characters

Naming your characters is as important as naming your children. Take care when you do it. In my post, 10 Things To Consider When Naming Characters, I discuss what you should think about when you're looking for names. Four important starting points are: Does the meaning…