Beat Writer’s Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beating The Imaginary Block Writers are doing themselves a disservice when they perpetuate the myth of writer’s block. If writers want to be taken seriously, and, if writers want to be properly paid, they need to behave professionally. There are four elements that help you…

Plain Language Defined

Section 22. Right to information in plain and understandable language (2) For the purposes of this Act, a notice, document or visual representation is in plain language if it is reasonable to conclude that an ordinary consumer of the class of persons for whom the…

Creating Characters – 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I am often asked to appraise writers’ manuscripts. I have found that these are the most common problems beginner writers share when they're creating characters, especially their protagonists and antagonists. 1. Cardboard cut-out characters Give your characters a life. Surround them with evidence of their past,…

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…

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 – 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 Essentially:  Tuelo Gabonewe If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Maroon What is the colour of anger? Red What is…

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…