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The Perils Of Self-Publishing

February 15th, 2019

My first attempts into the realms of self-publishing were very tentative to say the least. I’m not the best when it comes to technology.

At first I kept going into the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) website and just having a look at the process but didn’t do anything about it.

After a few weeks of this I finally plucked up the courage to take action. One step at a time I got through it. To be honest, the kindle edition was straightforward but the paperback was a nightmare. The formatting was the difficulty. I kept going into the help section but didn’t understand. All I saw were loads of figures which blurred and merged into one before my eyes. (I’m not good with figures either.) I got there in the end but was ready to throw my laptop out the window. Tearing my hair out came into the equation as well. Writing the book was easy compared to this. Read the rest of this entry »




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Getting To Know Your Characters Better

February 8th, 2019

First, thanks to Kunda for last week’s blog – it’s always interesting to hear how our overseas students get a foot on the writing ladder. It just goes to show that the ideas taught in the course are universal. Wherever you live, they still apply!

Some writers find bringing their characters to life easy – they spring from the imagination fully formed and ready to go. Others don’t find it quite so easy. So, here are a few tips for making your characters more real.

Obviously, you’ve got to give them a name – one that is appropriate to the era and country in which your work is set. The name should also be appropriate to their age, social circumstances and disposition – unless incongruity in this area forms part of your plot. And, don’t forget that names that were once considered old fashioned are now all the rage. My mum, who would now be 103 were she still alive, was called Edith and as a child I remember many of her older relatives referring to her as Edie. So I was surprised recently to hear that one of my son’s friends has named her baby daughter Edie! Read the rest of this entry »




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My Writing Road

February 1st, 2019

Some years back, I completely ignored several promotional messages from the Writers Bureau.  However, from the time I enrolled with them, I can confidently state that I am now on the road to success in writing.

Like many unfortunate individuals in African countries, I had a difficult childhood that made me leave school before attaining tertiary education. Nevertheless, I always had latent interest in writing and sought to share acquired knowledge in different aspects of life. I had always longed to start writing but lacked confidence due to my humble education and a demanding day job. Read the rest of this entry »




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Student of the Year 2019!

January 25th, 2019

Last week I announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Competition. This week I have pleasure in announcing  the winner of our Student of the Year Competition – Criselle Nunag from the Philippines – and the four runners up. You can read their stories here. As you’ll see, it’s not all about how much they’ve earned from their writing, but also about the other benefits (health and emotional well-being) that writing can bring. I hope that over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting guest blogs from some, or all, of them and next week I’ll be starting with Kunda Londa from Zambia. Read the rest of this entry »




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What’s In A Title?

January 18th, 2019

Ta Dah! Sound of trumpets and roll of drums… I’m pleased to be able to announce the winners of our Flash Fiction Competition. Congratulations to Gordon Aindow, who took first place with Voicemail. For me, it was one of those stories which I read and could immediately put myself in the protagonist’s shoes. I could really see myself doing exactly the same in the circumstances (I won’t spoil the plot by saying what that was!) In second place was Rosy Edwards with Seek and Ye Shall Find – one of the best ‘twist in the tail’ stories I’ve read for a long time. I really didn’t see it coming. And in third place, Michelle Christophrou with Stinky Play-Doh Guy. Who could resist a title like that? Read the rest of this entry »




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