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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…

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…

One Of A Kind – Embracing Your Uniqueness As A Writer

I’m always surprised, and delighted, at the way delegates interpret writing exercises during class on Writers Write. No two are ever the same. Some are dramatic or clever, others quirky or funny. I love hearing them read aloud. I love seeing the reaction of the…

10 Reasons Why You’re NOT A Writer …

You’re not a writer because you put pretty words on a page. You’re a writer because you create stories people will never forget. You’re not a writer because you have superpowers. You’re a writer because you work super hard at the craft of storytelling. You’re…
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