Can you force story ideas?

Sometimes story ideas seem to blossom out of the ether. One moment your mind is wondering about the to-dos of daily life and the next you have an idea for a story that seems complete from beginning to end. Nice. Sweeeeeeeet!  But what happens when these ideas just...

How to build an IRRESISTIBLE story world

Why bother with your story world? What’s the big deal? I was 13 when I decided to be a storyteller. It happened the day I sat in a hot school hall with 800 other kids and listened to a live story teller tell Herman Charles Bosman stories. One guy dressed in...

False Starts!

How many times have you “started” your novel? This drove me nuts until I accepted that false starts are a good way to measure whether you really are ready to write. Take this as a possible outcome to your writing endevours… You start your novel after...