Which Country Reads The Most?

A Guide to Global Reading Habits "People read books not only for knowledge, but also for entertainment and as therapy. Since the printing press was invented in the 15th century, books have intrigued populations worldwide. The best-selling book of all time is Cervantes' Don Quixote, originally published in…

The Pros (& Cons) Of Outlining

Storytelling is a craft. Much of the craft has to do with the structure of the story, the construction of its narrative. The process of planning how the story works is known as outlining. Outlining with index cards that stand for plot events is a…

The Writers Write Interview – Lesley Pearse 2017

Author: Lesley Pearse Date of Birth: 24 February 1945 Date of Interview: 10 May 2017 Book on Promotion: Dead To Me Place of Interview: Winehouse, Ten Bompas Hotel Interviewer: Mia Botha We were fortunate to host Lesley Pearse for a second time. (Click here for our…

An Illustrated Look At Creating Dynamic Characters

"There's something wrong with your main characters, and you can't quite put your finger on it. When we struggle with creating a compelling, believable story for our protagonists, it most often boils down to one thing: we haven't fully grasped who they are, and what…

5 Visualisation Techniques To Help You Draft A Book

American writer, Mark Jenkins (The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival and the Soul of Adventure) says: “Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map is like building a house without drawings.” Writing is like a journey. Whether it’s for academic purposes, business reasons or…

The Crowded Dream: Letting Go Of Guilt

The other night, I had a vivid, unsettling dream. A lot of noisy people crowded into a small kitchen at a party. There were pineapple cocktails, loud laughter, bits of cocktail fruit on the floor – a mess. For some reason, a friend I haven’t…

The Top 10 Writing Posts From April 2017

These were the new Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in April 2017: 10 Powerful Recurring Themes In Children’s Stories 4 Ways To Rediscover Joy As A Writer 3 Secrets To Simplicity In Your Writing Process 13 Questions To Ask Before You Turn Your Idea…