Can Traditional Publishers Survive The Internet?

If publishers want to survive they are going to have to become branding agencies. The Internet has taken out the middle man - them. The day the music died They can take a lesson from the music industry. It's not rocket science. Recording artists took out…
Are E-Toll Terms And Conditions Written In Plain Language?

Are E-Toll Terms And Conditions Written In Plain Language?

Is This Written In Plain Language?  Some areas that create confusion in the document: There are 26 defined terms which makes the document difficult to understand. The use of acronyms like “ANPR” (automatic number plate recognition technology”, TCH (transaction clearing house), VLN (motor vehicle license…

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, California Jan. 18th, 1947 Dear Mr. Weeks: I’m afraid you’ve thrown me for a loss. I thought “Juju Worship in Hollywood” 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,…
P.D. James On Writing

P.D. James On Writing

PD James was 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. P.D. James On Writing Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our…
Plain Language Is A Democratic Right

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…
Plain Language - Know Your Audience

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. Plain Language - Know Your Audience Here…
How The Law Defines Plain Language

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. How The Law Defines Plain Language The National Credit Act, Companies Act and Consumer Protection Act have essentially the same requirements for plain…
Why You Should Choose To Use Plain Language

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…