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.…

You can cancel your cell phone contract

How do you cancel your contract? Perhaps you don’t need your contract anymore? Perhaps you simply can’t afford it? The good news is that you can cancel the contract. 1. Did you know The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) allows you to cancel your cell phone contract? 2. Did you…
Between You And Me

Between You And Me

A common mistake in English is to say ‘between you and I’, as in this sentence: 'It’s a bit silly, between you and I.' This is wrong. We should say 'between you and me'. There are no exceptions to this rule. It is always correct…

Short Cuts – How To Write A Short Story

I was asked to judge five creative writing competitions in a period of 18 months in 2010 and 2011. One of them was a short story competition for a popular writer’s group. The theme of the yearly competition was Almost Strangers. The stories ranged from ghosts of the…

The Writers Write Interview: Justin Bonello

The Author? Justin Bonello Birthday? 21 June The Venue? Little Tuscany, Bryanston, Johannesburg The Book? Justin Bonello Cooks...for Friends The Interviewer? Ulrike Hill Essentially If love were a colour, what colour would it be?  Yellow What is the colour of anger?  Red What is the colour of money? …
Bucket List - Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Bucket List – Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Define your goals. Fictional characters are a lot like real people. You need to keep them busy. One of the first things I teach writers is that characters need a story goal. A physical, tangible story goal. Once a writer understands this, the intangible goals…
There Are No New Plots

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

If you're worried that you don't have an original plot, don't worry about it. There are no new plots. The only thing you have going for you is your unique way of telling a story. I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've…

Good Writers Mean Business

Marketing, PR and Sales staff spend more time writing than speaking. Yet writing skills continue to deteriorate. Money is poured into market research and branding. Thought leaders think. Experts advise. Marketing companies market. However, this is wasted money if we can’t write for a target…
The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories

The 5 Senses – How Readers Remember Stories

Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource. In this post, I will talk about the 5 senses and why they are important in the books you write. There are places I remember... The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories Whether we are writing a…

Hyphens And Dashes

What’s the difference? Hyphens: join two or more words together. Examples: door-to-door,  editor-in-chief attach prefixes to words. Examples: ex-wife, non-executive, co-worker are used to avoid ambiguity: He wants to re-cover his furniture (to put new covers on it). He wants to recover his furniture (to…