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12 Short Stories – Competition Time!

At last, it is time to put your writing skills to the test. We are thrilled to announce the first 12 Short Stories Writing Competition. The competition is open to everyone, but please read the Terms and Conditions and familiarise yourself with the 12 Short…

5 Ways To Sneak Setting Into Short Stories

We need to convey a sense of setting in our short stories, which is a tall order, because of the length of the story. Hehe, see what I did there? We need to make our writing to work harder. We need it to do “double-duty”.…

Cut The Strings – Submit Your Ninth Short Story Today

Nine down and three to go in our short story challenge! Well done to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for Cut The Strings (Word count: 1000 words) from 4 October 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 5 October 2017,…

Writing Prompts For October 2017

"Writing prompts have saved me on more than one occasion. Some days I come to the page with enthusiasm, words brimming, stories bubbling. Other days, not so much. I struggle, I fight, and I make coffee. A writing prompt forces me to write." ~Mia Botha Editor’s…
How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: 1.  Express emotion as action: 2.  Choose…
How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

In a previous post, I discussed scenes in short stories. Scenes have specific structures that help us tell our stories. We discussed action scenes specifically. There is, however, another kind of scene that you can use. We call them sequels or reaction scenes. They follow an…
Mastermind Short Story

Mastermind – Submit Your Eighth Short Story Today

I can’t believe that we have already written eight short stories. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for Mastermind (Word count: 1000 words) from 6 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 7 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time)…

Writing Prompts For September 2017

"A writing prompt forces me to write. It also allows me to experiment. It allows me to fill the page. It may start out forced, but it helps me to find my rhythm. It allows me to write ‘badly’. And remember what Picasso said: ‘Inspiration…

How To Learn From The Best Short Story Writers

Read And Learn From The Best Last week we discussed scenes in short stories and I suggested some homework. This week I want to work through one of the stories I read and discuss some of my favourite parts. I read The Half-Skinned Steer by…

How To Make The Most Of Scenes In Short Stories

We speak about scene often in writing and especially in short stories. The past few weeks with www.12shortstories.com we have discussed lengthening and shortening our stories. One of the suggestions was to either add or reduce your scenes, but perhaps we should look at what…
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