Your Editor Is Not Your Enemy

Your Editor Is A Partner In The Creative Process – Not Your Enemy Writing is something we do in isolation, but as soon as we send a story or novel in to an editor or agent, the process becomes collaborative. I didn’t always realise this…

The 18 Essential Rules Of Journalism

Guest Post The Essential Rules of Journalism serves as your no-BS cheat-sheet to the rules of the playing field. They are, at least in my humble opinion, what makes a good journalist– and good journalism. Writing them down was partially inspired by Captain Beefheart’s Commandments…

Getting Your Lucky Break As A Writer

You Have To Show Up For the longest time, I didn’t feel like a writer. I felt like fraud. Once, when I was 30, I decided to respond to an ad for a position as magazine journalist. I didn’t have any experience, but I attached…

16 Tips From A Terrible Writer

Just like any other art or skill, writing takes time and practice. It may sound simple putting words together but if you look at it, it’s not. You have to use words to deliver your message and you have to make sense so readers can…

The Top 10 Writing Posts From February 2017

These were the new Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in February 2017: 40 Writing Competitions To Inspire You The Love Interest As A Literary Device The Top 10 Psychology Blogs British vs American English: 63 Differences Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist Why…

Why You Need To Write (At Least) One Bad Novel

I finished my first complete manuscript of a novel a few days before my twenty-first birthday. When printed out, it was like a mini skyscraper – and, for me, a towering achievement. It was a giddy experience – I can remember that feeling even after…

The Writers Write Interview – Tracey Farren

The Author: Tracey Farren Date of Birth: 15 July 1966 Date of Interview: 4 February 2017 Place: Scarborough, Cape Town The Book: Tess (film tie-in) ~~~ Modjaji Books is pleased to announce the publication of the movie tie-in novel, Tess, which was previously published as Whiplash by…

Why You Have To Give Your Readers What They Want

When I was in high school, I had a small group of girlfriends. We used to live on a diet on what were called ‘bonkbusters’ – an 80s feast of sex, shopping, and romance from novelists like Judith Krantz, Shirley Conran, and Jackie Collins. One…