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3 Secrets To Simplicity In Your Writing Process

We often speak about the power of writing simply. We understand how that translates on the page, in the written work. What we don’t often speak about is how simplicity in the process of writing is just as important. For me, I know I waste…

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…

The Surprising Truth Of Finding Your True Story in Sorrow

When I was in my twenties, I had a perceptive psychiatrist. She was Polish, soft-spoken, but completely honest.  Something she said to me has stayed with me for more than twenty-five years. ‘That empty feeling you’re feeling inside is sorrow.’ This sounded bleak to a…

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,…

10 Powerful Recurring Themes In Children’s Stories

Superficially speaking, children like stories that include adventure, mystery, excitement, discovery, daring, novelty, and humour. At the core, children want three basic elements in a story: suspense, characters who are believable, and characters who act to solve problems. We find our themes in the problems.…

4 Ways To Rediscover Joy As A Writer

One way to get past writer’s block is to rediscover our sense of joy as a writer. We often get so bogged down in the swamp of life, the quicksand that becomes a week, trying to keep our nose above water, that we don’t look…
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