If you, like me, tend to turn straight to the lifestyle section of the Sunday paper, if the news headlines get you down and you prefer to read stories with a positive vibe, personal stories, real people, then the new Voices for Africa microsite from the Mail & Guardian is for you.
Voices of Africa features stories from all over Africa, stories written by real people living there – not news but personal stories, funny stories, a peek into everyday life. It has a blog feel in the informal style and varied topics, great for browsing if you want to get a feel of the real Africa that doesn’t hit the headlines, the Africa that isn’t currently starving or fighting or politicking or striking. Continue reading
This is a guest post from Bridget McNulty, author of Strange Nervous Laughter to introduce her latest creative writing venture. Thanks Bridget!
One of the most exciting new projects to come out in the creative writing world of late is Now Novel, an online novel writing course that helps you start – and finish – your novel. What’s so interesting about Now Novel, apart from the fact that it looks great and is easy to use, is that it leads you through the novel writing process from start to finish.
So many novel writing books and online courses tell you what to do and then leave you to it, but with Now Novel you’re guided step-by-step through each phase of the process, from coming up with your central idea to finding a theme that resonates with you, creating plot and setting details and filling in in-depth character studies. Continue reading