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5 Ways To Add Layers To Your Scenes In Historical Romances

In terms of historical fiction, we look back. It is all about historical context. The research must be fun. It must also fit your story, and lift the narrative. Show us the ‘personality’ of that era, so that the historical setting becomes almost another character…
How Do We Write What We Know?

How Do We Write What We Know?

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. ~Tennessee Williams Your reader may not find you, your mother, or your friend as interesting as you do. Even if you have led an incredible life, create a character who…

Writing Tip – The Plot Staircase

Source for Image - Rethinking the plot diagram by Brian Wasko If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course.

5 Ways To Outline Your Book

Outlining a novel Excel: “The reason I use Excel is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago.  I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story.  I realized that by typing out my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen…

Creating Larger-Than-Life Characters

When you write fiction, you start with character, the heartbeat of the novel. Characters are interesting people in terrible difficulties. Readers read novels for story but also for intimacy - they want to move into a character’s life, live inside his or her thoughts and…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

Harry Potter & Luke Skywalker - there are no new plots I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've been using it to teach plotting in our creative writing classes for a very long time. (9 years now, I think) Just choose a…

Beat Writer’s Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beating The Imaginary Block Writers are doing themselves a disservice when they perpetuate the myth of writer’s block. If writers want to be taken seriously, and, if writers want to be properly paid, they need to behave professionally. There are four elements that help you…

10 Things Every Romance Writer Needs

These are the ten things every romance writer needs to stay ensconced in that iridescent, happy bubble of handsome heroes and happily-ever-after. Writing is hard work, but we should keep it fun. Quickies. Look for the romance around you, keep a notebook or index cards…
5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

Characters need story goals. They need other characters to oppose those story goals. This is the how you begin to plot. If you don't provide one for them, you will have an aimless story. Love is not enough Wanting to find ‘love’ or ‘acceptance’ or…
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