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National and International Days – October

Have you noticed that there’s virtually something being commemorated, celebrated, remembered or highlighted every day of the year internationally? Here’s a list for October (courtesy of the UN, Days of the Year; Wikipedia) first...


Novel Preview: Powerless

THE LIFT The lift pinged softly, the sound further muted by the light green carpet that rolled away down the corridor of the tenth floor. Deon Scott, a man in his late thirties, shifted...


Vocab development

Made me think of Ying Yang When you have to make a choice, and every choice is a bad one, it’s called a zugzwang. — Fact (@Fact) January 16, 2017 Yup, there's even a...


Short Stories – why read them?

Some say only established authors should publish short stories. At TSL we support and publish short story compilations, recognising that readers like variety. Short stories allow a reader to enter into a writer’s world...



Prologues: what are they and how did they originate? Some more on prologues. A very useful post. Why not to have a prologue. Thanks Pablo for the image


More reading and writing

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Ray Bradbury #amwriting #writing — TheUnNovelist (@TheUnNovelist) 1 March 2017 Writing feels different every single day. Some days you just roll....


Writer’s voice

When you write your own story, your only responsibility is to sound like yourself. #amwriting #writerslife #writing — Holden Sheppard (@V8Sheppard) 1 February 2017 “You have to learn to write from the very...