Mia Botha

How Much Story Do You Need In Your Short Story?

Last month’s word count for 12 Short Stories was only 500 words. Yikes, I know. Whose idea was that? And the month before that it was 2 500 words and now we are writing 1 200 words. It is a serious writing workout. Any story…

Going Home – Submit Your Fifth Short Story Today

It is June and we are freezing in the Southern Hemisphere, but while we are freezing we are also submitting our fifth short stories for the 12 Short Story Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Please remember that I will not be accepting any…

Sign Up On Our New 12 Short Stories Website

We are super excited to invite you to join our new platform for the 12 Short Stories Challenge. We are going to move everything that is on Facebook over to our new site. This is also your opportunity to catch up. You have one week…

Writing Prompts For June 2017

Editor's Note: 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…

2 Types Of Conflict To Squeeze Into A Short Story

In the previous 12 Short Stories post, we discussed inner and outer conflict. We identified WHO and WHAT caused the conflict. The WHO helped us to create our antagonist. In this post, I want to discuss the WHAT, which causes and adds to the inner conflict.…

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…

A White Lie – Submit Your Fourth Short Story Today

It is May already and we are submitting our fourth stories for the 12 Short Story Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who made it. I will accept and approve posts for A White Lie (Word count: 2500 words) from 17 May 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until…

4 Super Easy Ways To Create Characters For Short Stories

Characters in Novels versus Characters in Short Stories Creating characters in short stories is the same as creating characters in novels, but once again, when dealing with a reduced word count we have to make our writing work harder. We don’t have 80 000 words…

Writing Prompts For May 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…
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