Writing Inspiration

My Writing Journey – Avoiding Burnout

Kathy Mann joined our Writers Write - How to write a book course in 2015. She is launching her book in November. This is her story of her writing journey. How I Became A Writer For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of…

Writing Prompts For October 2017

"Writing prompts have saved me on more than one occasion. Some days I come to the page with enthusiasm, words brimming, stories bubbling. Other days, not so much. I struggle, I fight, and I make coffee. A writing prompt forces me to write." ~Mia Botha Editor’s…
How To Create Quality Content On A Deadline

How To Create Quality Content On A Deadline

Fast Content Creation  How can you create quality content in very little time? Years of experience helps. Or you can warp the time-space matrix and use my workflow! Parkinson's law states that ‘Work expands to fill the time available for its completion’. And boy was…
Writing The Topical Novel

Writing The Topical Novel: Ripped From The Headlines

Sometimes writers take inspiration from the world around them – from political scandals of the day, crimes that grip the imagination, and social or environmental changes that keep us up at night. They take the issue and turn it into a topical novel. What is…

Writing Prompts For September 2017

"A writing prompt forces me to write. It also allows me to experiment. It allows me to fill the page. It may start out forced, but it helps me to find my rhythm. It allows me to write ‘badly’. And remember what Picasso said: ‘Inspiration…
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…

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…
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