Month: April 2012

Raymond Chandler’s response to an overzealous editor

“…when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split.” 6005 Camino de la Costa La, Jolla, CaliforniaJan. 18th, 1947 Dear Mr. Weeks:I’m afraid you’ve thrown me for a loss. I thought “Juju Worship in Hollywood” was a perfectly…

102 Words You Never Knew Shakespeare Invented

Lacklustre, zany, eyeball… Thanks to Shakespeare Online, here’s a list of 102 words that we as English-speakers can thank Shakespeare for. And even if he didn’t coin them all, we can at least appreciate his immortalising and popularising them. Each word links to the text it was…

Writing In Plain Language Means Treating Customers Fairly

Discover how easy it is to write in plain language. Discover how simple it is to write in a reader-friendly style. Writers Write offers a comprehensive business writing programme with emphasis on plain language as defined in the Consumer Protection Act, The National Credit Act,…

A letter from Ernest Hemingway to F.Scott Fitzgerald

Forget your personal tragedy.  On May 10th of 1934, a month after the publication of his new novel, Tender Is the Night,  F. Scott Fitzgerald  wrote to his friend, Ernest Hemingway, and asked for his honest opinion on the book — a tale about Dick and…

PD James – On Writing

PD James still writes at the age of 91. She is best known for her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, her dystopian novel, The Children of Men, and most recently her sequel to Pride & Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley, published in 2011. 1. Increase your word power.…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN: 9781444722635 R180, 00  Karou is the beautiful girl with the blue hair who doesn't belong. She doesn't know where she comes from and nobody will tell her. She lives in two worlds, 'Elsewhere' and Earth. She runs errands for…

Plain Language Is A Democratic Right

The article, Around the world in plain words, explains that one of the failures in using plain language stems from government. The continued use of garbled and unclear language in legislation creates uncertainty. Problems arise around issues of interpretation. The article says that the ability to understand…

12 Inspiring Quotes About Writing

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain “If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” ~ William…
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