Mia Botha

Where Do You Start Your Short Story?

This is month three of the Short Story Challenge. You should all be busy with your third story now. I am loving the stories that have been posted for January and February and I am proud of you guys. This week, I want to talk…

My Short Story Writing Process – In 12 Easy Steps

Thank you for the continuing enthusiastic response to our Short Story Challenge. It’s awesome. I have created a closed group on Facebook: 12 Short Stories In 12 Months. Please join the group if you want to submit your story every month.  My Short Story Writing Process…

Writing Prompts For March 2017

If you’re unsure of the benefits of writing every day, and if you would like to make the most of your writing prompts, please read Mia Botha’s post How To Use Writing Prompts Do you want a daily prompt? Remember that you can send an email…

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…

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,…

Writing Prompts For February 2017

If you're unsure of the benefits of writing every day, and if you would like to make the most of your writing prompts, please read Mia Botha's post How To Use Writing Prompts Do you want a daily prompt? Remember that you can send an email…

12 Short Stories In 12 Months – Submission Guidelines

Thank you for the wonderful response to our Short Story Challenge. It's awesome. Because of the number of enthusiastic writers, I've decided to change the submission process a little. I have created a closed group on Facebook: 12 Short Stories In 12 Months. Please join the…

The Top 42 Writing Posts Of 2016

At the beginning of every 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…
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