Daily Short Stories from The Penned Sleuth



Providing you with daily short stories of all varieties from horror to comedy to adventure. Journeys of all kinds for you to enjoy!


  • Should You Write Full-Time or Hobby Write? - Writing Today | S02 E08

    29/01/2020 Duration: 11min

    ​A question you need to ask yourself if you are considering a career in writing. Don't overestimate your interest in writing as a 'calling'. Your greater purpose in life is whatever you make of it. Like many career choices, you shouldn't jump straight into writing. I am going to ask you some clear questions that will help you decide once and for all if the writing career is for you.

  • The Brilliance of Side-Characters - Writing Today | S02 E07

    28/01/2020 Duration: 09min

    More often than not, the side characters are better than the main characters. You may find this a curious statement to make. The main character is the center of attention, so why are side characters better? It all comes down to creative freedom. I am going to tell you what you need to know about side-characters. Make them interesting, make them powerful and here is how!

  • 5 Techniques Which Help Me Write Hundreds of Stories - Writing Today | S02 E06

    15/11/2019 Duration: 10min

    At the time of writing this article I have written close to three-hundred stories. Writing a short story every day can me straining for even the most imaginative mind. However, after all this time I have developed my own techniques to make the challenge fun, filled with variety and improving my writing with each passing day. These are the techniques I am going to share with you!

  • Effective Habits of the Successful Writer - Writing Today | S02 E05

    14/11/2019 Duration: 09min

    Too many writers around the world struggle to write their novels. It’s understandable, every writer struggles with their first book. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t develop the habits of an effective writer as soon as possible. Over the years I have formed my own habits and so have other writers, but a lot of us share similar habits that make us more productive and overall, better writers. Let’s take a look and learn together!

  • Make the Most of Your Writing and Save Time - Writing Today | S2 E04

    06/11/2019 Duration: 10min

    The cold hard truth I want to start this article off with is gonna either hit you hard or you already know. Most writers will ultimately fail in their pursuit of writing. It’s terrible to think such talent will go to waste, but the fact of the matter is, you need more than talent to make it in any career, not just writing. Let me start with the first step to being the best writer you can be and make a career out of your work.

  • 10 Tips on Getting the Reader Invested - Writing Today | S2 E03

    05/11/2019 Duration: 08min

    There are many intricacies when it comes to writing a first chapter, but you want to know how to make it great. I am going to give ten pieces of advice that will help you get your reader interested, gripping them with curiosity so they keep reading your novel. Let’s jump into it!

  • Dealing with the Writers Burdens - Writing Today | S2 E02

    04/11/2019 Duration: 08min

    You have no doubt felt it weighing on you. That ever-present pressure that keeps you from progressing, that burden which stands in your way. The writer’s burden is a tough emotional and mental strain. In order to combat this problem, I walked the path so many writers have. Allow me to point you in the right direction; this is how you deal with the writer’s burdens.

  • 5 Tips on How to Make Time for Writing - Writing Today | S2 E01

    31/10/2019 Duration: 07min

    One of the first problems you have no doubt encountered as a writer is making time for writing. With responsibilities taking priority, such as work or family, you are left scrounging for a half-an-hour to work on the book you have in mind. Sometimes, half-an-hour is the best you can get on a good day alone. I am going to give you some advice and solutions to your dilemma, helping you make more time for writing.

  • Cyberpunk, Writing the Growing Genre | Writing Today | S1 E10

    28/06/2019 Duration: 08min

     Cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that is growing in popularity of late. As a writer who is interested in the genre, I was left curious on how to write an investing cyberpunk novel. Having experience in science fiction, I did further research into cyberpunk and have collected some golden advice and guidelines to help you write your cyberpunk novel. Let’s get into it! 

  • Darkest Winter | Short Story Podcast | S2 E15

    28/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    Did you think you could hide it? Perhaps from them, the enemy was never so smart, but not from us. Opportunity is knocking, Doctor, you best open.

  • Red Teeth | Short Story Podcast | S2 E14

    27/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    There is a strange itch that cannot be scratched, a strange monster within us all. Only mine has red teeth and you will never see them till it's too late

  • 10 Techniques to Help Improve Your Writing - Writing Today

    26/06/2019 Duration: 10min

     Your book has an interesting plot and you’re writing plenty in your process. However, you have that feeling at the back of your mind that the book can be improved. Changes could be made in order to make it stand out, to make the writing really stick in the reader's mind. How does one improve one’s writing? Here are ten techniques that will do just that! 

  • Offices and Dragons | Short Story Podcast | S2 E13

    26/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    An adventure awaits you traveller! Will you raise your strength above those too fearful?

  • Welcome to Cold Street | Short Story Podcast | S2 E12

    25/06/2019 Duration: 06min

    Something about Cold Street makes it different from any other. So make strange occurrences that leave me...scared

  • The Protagonist's Desires | Writing Today | S1 E08

    24/06/2019 Duration: 07min

     The protagonist is a difficult character to write. You need to meet the expectations of the reader and at the same time, not be so generic. Afterall, so many protagonists seem to go the same way in writing today. I’m going to show you how to write a protagonist that both fits your plot, and fits their personality. ​Let’s begin! 

  • Cold Steel Lake | Short Story Podcast | S2 E11

    24/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    An adventure is beginning. A cold man , a strong woman and the forest awaits them both.

  • The Importance of Research on Improving Your Writing - Writing Today

    21/06/2019 Duration: 06min

     You are preparing to write your book, but your lack of factual depth is apparent. Thus, you have reached the point where you are searching for the right information to back your novel. What happened in certain periods of time? How does this machine work? What is the benefit of putting research into your story? I am going to tell you why! 

  • Rust and Spikes | Short Story Podcast | S2 E10

    20/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    The higher you go, the more enemies you make. Some enemies will devote themselves towards your destruction

  • Top 5 Tips for Writing a Great First Chapter - Writing Today

    19/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    You’ve experienced it before. Whether you read the first chapter or someone else did, the sense of starting and finishing the novel wasn’t there. You need to grip your reader and you’re only going to do that when you write a great first chapter. Here are five great tips to help you write the first chapter that draws your reader in. 

  • Scratch | Short Story Podcast | S2 E09

    19/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    No matter what, do not, under any circumstances, enter Scratch Hospital

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