Back to Basics: 3 Steps To Character

Back To Basics: 3 Steps To Character

To kick start the new year, we’re getting back to the core basics of fiction writing – plot, character, and setting.  This week, our focus is on character. In essence, a character is looking for something outside of herself and in that search finds something,…

12 Short Stories – Calendar For January

I have made a handy calendar to help you keep track of your January writing. Download the calendar and print it out or set it as your desktop. I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be sharing one for each month and you’ll receive it at the…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Full Stops

Welcome to the second post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Last week, we discussed what punctuation is and why we need it. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions and they give…

The Top 42 Writing Posts Of 2017

At the beginning of the year we have a tradition of posting our Top 42 Writing Posts from the previous year. (There was no special reason for the number 42 in 2013 when we started, but we've kept up the tradition since then.) These were the posts you…

22 Famous Writers Who Died In 2017

The world lost many literary greats, including a Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, last year. Writers Who Died in 2017: Brian Aldiss - English author, vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society Buchi Emecheta - Nigerian novelist Colin Dexter - English author of the Inspector Morse series…

9 Ways To Set Up Believable Fictional Breakups

Have you ever watched a film or read a book where the storyteller fails to break up a relationship convincingly? I think it happens all the time. It’s as if the author or screenwriter knows they need conflict, or something to happen, and they choose…
Back To Basics 3 Steps To Plot

Back To Basics: 3 Steps To Plot

For the New Year, I thought it would be a good idea to get back to the core basics of fiction writing – plot, character, and setting. And for this week, let’s look at easy ways to plot. The Best Plots The best plots are…

And The Winner Of The 12 Short Stories Competition Is…

Writers Write and 12 Short Stories are thrilled to announce that the winner of our short story competition for 2017 is: Beth Stillman Blaha We loved her tale about family, death and the challenge of forgiveness. She had us craving Peppermint Mocha coffees and giving…

Punctuation For Beginners: What Is Punctuation?

Last year we featured a popular series for beginner writers: Grammar For Beginners. This year, we're starting a series called 'Punctuation For Beginners'. We have written various posts about this in the past, but we wanted to put the information in one place for you. I…

How To Write An ‘About’ Page That Works

How do you write an 'About' page that works? Ask yourself what people want to know when they click on your 'About' link. People who visit your website want to know who you are, what you do, why they should believe you, how they can…