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

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.' It is always correct to say ‘between you and me’. It is always incorrect to say ‘between you and I’. Why? …

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

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…

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

Harry Potter & Luke Skywalker - there are no new plots I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've been using it to teach plotting in our creative writing classes for a very long time. (9 years now, I think) Just choose a…

The 5 Senses – How Readers Remember Stories

There are places I remember... We bring our words to life when we use the five senses. We cannot describe effectively without them. We must stop stop telling the reader what we think, or how we see things. We do this by moving into the…

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…

If you own a cell phone read this

Press Release Date: 14 November 2011 Issued by: Writers Write Title: If you own a cell phone read this Begins# Watching the cell phone companies scrambling in the wake of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has been entertaining.   These companies have a terrible reputation…