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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)…
Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Tension: The Great Opposite Effect  A good plot is sustained by a single thread: tension. You can have conflicts and resolutions across the span of the story, but tension is the rope that joins it from beginning to end. One way to create tension in…
Memories To Trigger Your Descriptions

Memories To Trigger Your Descriptions

Have you thought of using memories to enhance your descriptions? The sense of smell is one of the best ways to do this. The Scent Of Remembrance On Sunday afternoons, when things slow down and you can catch your breath with a cup of coffee…

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…

7 Ways To Outline A Plot: The Ultimate Infographic

There are many ways to create a plot outline for your novel. "Outlines can be: 50-page detailed plans A reworking of The Hero’s Journey A simple series of index cards with a list of characters, major scenes and sequels Structured timelines A series of character questionnaires showing…

The Big 5 Personality Traits

Building The Psychology Of Your Characters Is your character over confident or narcissistic?  Are they stubborn or neurotic? Are they open to adventure or closed off to new experiences? Who are they at the core? If you’re not sure, you could use the Big Five…

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…
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