Mia Botha

Whose Short Story Is This? A 3-Step Process

In the previous posts, we discussed the inciting moment and the resulting goal. This week I want to talk about the character and the conflict that arises during the character’s attempt to achieve that goal. Who your character is will dictate a lot of this,…

Even Short Stories Need Goals

In the previous post we discussed the beginning of your short story. This is the scene or section that orientates your reader. It should be intriguing enough that it lures them in to the story, but then what? We need to figure out what happens…

New Life – Submit Your Third Short Story Today

It is time to submit your third short story for the 12 Short Story Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who made the deadline. I will accept and approve posts for NEW LIFE (Word count: 1000 words) from 12 April 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 13 April,…

Writing Prompts For April 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…

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…
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