Month: April 2012

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…

The Weekly Bookshelf

via Amanda Patterson on tumblr Writers Write offers the best writing courses in South Africa. To find out about Writers Write - How to write a book, or The Plain Language Programme - Writing courses for business, email news@writerswrite.co.za Join us on Facebook and Twitter for daily writing tips Follow @Writers_Write Writers…

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…