Plain Language – Know Your Audience

There is a misconception about plain language. People think it's merely about replacing complicated words with simple ones. It also includes the careful study of your intended audience, and moulding the communication to ensure that it is understood. Here are four aspects to consider about…

How The Law Defines Plain Language

Parliament has begun incorporating plain language requirements into legislation. Although compliance is not the only benefit for using plain language it is still an important consideration when communicating. The National Credit Act, Companies Act and Consumer Protection Act have essentially the same requirements for plain language. They give some clarity on…

Why You Should Choose To Use Plain Language

Times have changed. There are ever increasing pressures on businesses to use plain language in communicating internally and externally. Simply put, plain language is the use of language that is clear, effective and written without fuss. It is understood by the audience the first time…

Just Yesterday, Authors Needed An Agent

Just yesterday, authors needed an agent. The agent went to a publisher. The publisher edited, marketed, printed, published and sold the book in to booksellers. The booksellers sold it to readers. But today, authors can go directly to readers – by self-publishing and through e-publishing.…
The Writers Write Interview - Lesley Pearse

The Writers Write Interview – Lesley Pearse 2012

The Author? Lesley Pearse Birthday? 24 February 1945 The Venue? The Marion on Nicol The Date? 15th March 2012 The Book? The Promise The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson Essentially Lesley Pearse If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Red What is the colour…

The New Publishing Game

I teach people to write books. I love what I do. I also love this exciting new publishing world of ours. Publishing is changing. People who earn their living from writing, producing and selling books are feeling the pressure. What does this mean to the pre-published writer?…

Number or Amount – Which one should I use?

When do you say 'the number of' and when do you say 'the amount of'? Is the noun countable or uncountable? Countable nouns have plurals, for example, cars, desks, laptops, dogs, countries. Uncountable nouns do not have plurals, for example, air, land, equipment, freedom. Once…

The Writers Write Interview – Andrew Gross

Essentially Andrew Gross Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestselling thrillers. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He was our guest speaker in Johannesburg.…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Semicolons And Colons Explained

; A semicolon: Is a long pause that balances two related ideas. Example: She went by train; she would rather have flown. Adjoins two main clauses containing opposite ideas. Example: She is efficient; he is disorganised. Adjoins two main clauses where there is no conjunction.…