Month: October 2011

Plain Language Defined

Section 22. Right to information in plain and understandable language (2) For the purposes of this Act, a notice, document or visual representation is in plain language if it is reasonable to conclude that an ordinary consumer of the class of persons for whom the…

Creating Characters – 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I am often asked to appraise writers’ manuscripts. I have found that these are the most common problems beginner writers share when they're creating characters, especially their protagonists and antagonists. 1. Cardboard cut-out characters Give your characters a life. Surround them with evidence of their past,…

Plain Language Made Easy

Writers Write promotes and teaches plain language writing skills. There is an act called the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) No 68 of 2008. Protecting the consumer is a priority in South Africa. High levels of illiteracy and social inequality have brought Plain Language into focus. What is…

The Writers Write Interview – James Hendry

Essentially: James Hendry Birthday? 23 October 1976 The Book?A Year in the Wild (Macmillan) The Venues? Leighwood Lodge, Parktown, Johannesburg and Thrupps Centre, Illovo The Date? 7 October 2011 and 20 June 2012 The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson Questions and answers If love were a colour, what colour would it…

The Writing Desks Of 7 Famous Authors

Charles Dickens’s desk  Read more about Charles Dickens, born 7 February 1812, died 9 June 1870 Herman Hesse’s desk Read more about Hermann Hesse, born 2 July 1877, died 9 August 1962   J.R.R. Tolkien’s desk Read more about JRR Tolkien, born 3 January 1892, died 2 September 1973…

Writing Minutes

What are minutes? Minutes are formal, precise and concise records of meetings. Their purpose is to ensure that meetings are correctly documented. Minutes must clearly show who attended, what was discussed and what was decided. The format The opening sentence includes the date, time and…

Plain Language Is An Opportunity

13 October - Happy International Plain Language Day! Writing is a core competency. All business writing must comply with Plain Language Legislation. This includes proposals, contracts, policy documents, stakeholder reports, emails, text messages and tender documents. Plain Language means communicating so that nobody misunderstands your…

The 5 Elements Of A Good Scene

What does it take to finish writing a book?  A novel is written by writing one scene after another. You need between 60 and 80 scenes (which consist of 75% 'action' scenes and 25% reaction 'sequels') in an average book. This depends on the genre…

The Writers Write Interview – Tuelo Gabonewe

The Author? Tuelo Gabonewe Birthday? 2 January 1985 The Book? Planet Savage (Jacana) The Venue? Ten Bompas Hotel Gardens, Dunkeld North, Johannesburg The Date? 8 October 2011 The Interviewer? Vicki Cicoria Essentially:  Tuelo Gabonewe If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Maroon What is the colour of anger? Red What is…
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