Mia Botha

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…

The Club – Submit Your Seventh Short Story Today

It is time to submit your seventh story. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for The Club (Word count: 750 words) from 9 August 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 10 August, 8:00 (Johannesburg time) on 12 Short…

13 Tips To Help You Lengthen Your Short Story

In a previous post, we discussed shortening your story. Today, I'm going to talk about lengthening your story. Most writers tend to overwrite and then cut back, but some writers under-write. This is often the case with writers who write for a living, like journalist…

Writing Prompts For August 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? If you want to receive…

12 Secrets To Help You Shorten Your Short Story

We are just over the halfway mark with our 12 Short Stories Challenge and the submissions have been amazing. The word count is specific for each prompt and I have been challenging you with a different word count for each month. We have written 500-word…

Coming Undone – Submit Your Sixth Short Story Today

We’re halfway! Six stories down, and six stories to go. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on the new site. It looks awesome and is working well. You guys are genius. Please remember that I will not…

6 Top Tips To Write A Kick-Ass Short Story

In a previous post, we discussed the scope of your short story. You can make it big or small, but this week I want to talk about ‘small stories’. Sometimes we read what seems to be a simple short story, and then it swallows us…

Writing Prompts For July 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? If you want to receive…

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…
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