Just Yesterday, Authors Needed An Agent

Just yesterday, authors needed an agent. The agent went to a publisher. The publisher edited, marketed, printed, published and sold the book in to booksellers. The booksellers sold it to readers. But today, authors can go directly to readers – by self-publishing and through e-publishing.…

The New Publishing Game

I teach people to write books. I love what I do. I also love this exciting new publishing world of ours. Publishing is changing. People who earn their living from writing, producing and selling books are feeling the pressure. What does this mean to the pre-published writer?…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Short Cuts – How To Write A Short Story

I was asked to judge five creative writing competitions in a period of 18 months in 2010 and 2011. One of them was a short story competition for a popular writer’s group. The theme of the yearly competition was Almost Strangers. The stories ranged from ghosts of the…
Bucket List - Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Bucket List – Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Define your goals. Fictional characters are a lot like real people. You need to keep them busy. One of the first things I teach writers is that characters need a story goal. A physical, tangible story goal. Once a writer understands this, the intangible goals…

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

Harry Potter & Luke Skywalker - there are no new plots I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've been using it to teach plotting in our creative writing classes for a very long time. (9 years now, I think) Just choose a…
The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories

The 5 Senses – How Readers Remember Stories

There are places I remember... Whether we are writing a novel or a memoir, we bring our words to life when we use the five senses. We cannot describe effectively without them. We must stop stop telling the reader what we think, or how we…

Beat Writer’s Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beating The Imaginary Block Writers are doing themselves a disservice when they perpetuate the myth of writer’s block. If writers want to be taken seriously, and, if writers want to be properly paid, they need to behave professionally. There are four elements that help you…
Creating Characters - 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

Creating Characters – 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

What are the most common mistakes first time writers make when they create characters? They often forget they're creating real people. As Ernest Hemingway said, 'When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.' After many…