40 Writing Competitions To Inspire You

Writing competitions are a great way to keep you on your writing toes. You may want to enter some of your stories from our Twelve Short Stories challenge. Remember to join the group on Facebook. Here is a list of competitions, anything from a 16-word memoir to…

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Business Writing

In business, you write to communicate. If you want to become a better business writer, ask yourself these five questions: 1.  What are you trying to say? You should be able to answer this in one sentence. Before you begin, ask yourself: What do I…

The Confidant As A Literary Device

Welcome to the third instalment in my series on the four main characters and why they are literary devices. This week, I’m going to write about the confidant and his or her role in our stories. "He was my confidant, the person who was always on…

The Complete Speechwriting Series

'If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.' - Winston Churchill Last year…

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…

Is Your Antagonist A Match For Your Hero?

I have been writing about the four main characters and why they are literary devices. Last week I started with the protagonist. Today, I'm going to write about the antagonist and his or her role in our stories. "He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and…

British vs American English: 63 Differences

  This is a useful list for differences in spelling and word usage in British and American English. Source for Infographic: Grammar Check If you enjoyed this, read: 16 Rules Of Blog Writing And Layout. Which Ones Are You Breaking? The Writing Retreats Of 13…

The Complete Guide To Evaluating Your Short Story

Last week, I wrote about the submission guidelines for our short story challenge. This week, I'm writing about assessing your own short stories. Evaluating your own writing is difficult, especially in the beginning, and we can be very hard on ourselves. To quote you guys,…