FAQs – Write the Crap Out of It


What is Write the Crap Out of It?

Write the Crap Out of It is an eBook about the craft of short story writing. You can join the online writing community where you can post your exercises and receive feedback.

Can anyone join the group?

No, this group is only for writers who have bought the Write the Crap Out of It eBook.

What does it cost?

The eBook is available for purchase on Amazon. That is the only cost. 12 Short Stories and 12 Poems are free challenges. We’d like to keep it free. Sales of this book will go towards the maintenance of the site.

How do I join the Write the Crap Out of It group?

Once you have bought the eBook, please mail the proof of purchase to write@12shorttories.com. It takes about 48 hours to process your request.

What is 12 Short Stories and 12 Poems?

12 Short Stories and 12 Poems are online writing communities.  The goal of each community is to write 12 short stories and 12 poems in 12 months.

What is Deadline For Writers?

Deadlines For Writers is the home of several writing challenges. We help writers beat procrastination by providing prompts, deadlines and a place to post their work. We give and receive kind, but constructive feedback.

Can I take part in multiple challenges?

Yes, go to the account tab. Select Show All Membership Levels and add the new level.

Are there deadlines for Write the Crap Out of It?

No, you submit your exercises whenever you are ready.

Does the copyright remain with me?

Yes, it does. Please note you do post here at your own risk.

Is there a word limit for exercises?

Yes, please keep to the wordcount listed in the book.

Must I use the prompt?

Yes, please.

Can I post at any time?

Yes, but Mia must approve the post. Patience please.

Who can read my exercises?

Your poem will be read by members of the group. The site and your profile can also be found on Google. The first part of your post(usually the first paragraph) will be visible on the SERP page of Google, but a reader must log in to read the whole story.

Where is Deadlines For Writers based?

We work from Pretoria, South Africa. Time zone: GMT: +2:00

Do I have to post at a specific time?


Is there an age restriction?

Yes, no under 18s. These are adults writing about adult topics. Take heed of the warnings. Like in any bookstore you are responsible for your own reading experience.

Can I post in any language?

No, only English exercises, please.

Who is Mia?

Mia has used her many years of procrastination experience to create 12 Short Stories. She is a writer and a writing teacher, as well as a master of desk organisation and tile grout scrubbing. After yet another year of unfinished manuscripts, random scribbles and self-loathing she decided to set this challenge for herself, it turns out she is not the only one who needed to out-source her discipline. Right now, she is trying to write 12 short stories in 12 months (for the fourth time). She is also writing 12 poems again. She also wrote this eBook. Read more at www.miabotha.com

Where can I find you on social media?

Join the 12 Short Stories Facebook Group. Lots of action happens here. Follow us on Instagram. It’s an easy place to find the prompts.

More Questions?

Please mail us: write@12shortstories.com