The Writers Write Interview – Elizabeth Noble

Essentially Elizabeth Noble The Author? Elizabeth Noble Her birthday? 22 December 1968 The Venue? Nonna Mia's, Birnam, Johannesburg The Date? 14 May 2012 The Book? Between a mother and her child The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson Elizabeth Noble is charming, funny and intelligent. She describes her writing schedule as one…

8 Factors That Influence Plain Language

The National Credit Act, Companies Act and Consumer Protection Act have some guidelines for Plain Language. These will determine if your document is in plain language. They are: The content of the document. What does the document say? The level of comprehension of the document. What…

3 Ways To Write In Plain Language

Keep it short and simple A document does not have more value because it is longer. Repeating information does not make it more important. Using jargon does not make the message more significant. Consumers do not want lengthy documents. Rather keep the message short and simple. A…

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?

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

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. Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your…

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…