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…

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 – Siphiwo Mahala

The Author? Siphiwo Mahala Meaning of name? Gift and Free Birthday? 26 October The Venue? 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg The Date? 08 October 2011 The Book? African Delights Q & A If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Yellow What is…

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 Tuelo Gabonewe is a South African writer of English fiction. He has a hectic day job because he’s got bills…

10 Things Every Romance Writer Needs

These are the ten things every romance writer needs to stay ensconced in that iridescent, happy bubble of handsome heroes and happily-ever-after. Writing is hard work, but we should keep it fun. Quickies. Look for the romance around you, keep a notebook or index cards…