Why Plain Language Matters In A Post-Truth World

After a world-tilting start to 2017, where a spokesperson for Donald Trump coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ as if it actually meant something, it has become clear that communicating clearly and truthfully is going to become an uphill battle. (Read points 7 and 8 in…

16 Tips From A Terrible Writer

Just like any other art or skill, writing takes time and practice. It may sound simple putting words together but if you look at it, it’s not. You have to use words to deliver your message and you have to make sense so readers can…

Does Your Blog Suit Your Brand?

There are three elements you can control when you present your blog to the world. The tone, the look, and the content of your blog should be indivisible from your brand. There are times when people clearly get this wrong. For example: If I follow…

The Top 10 Writing Posts From February 2017

These were the new Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in February 2017: 40 Writing Competitions To Inspire You The Love Interest As A Literary Device The Top 10 Psychology Blogs British vs American English: 63 Differences Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist Why…

Why You Need To Write (At Least) One Bad Novel

I finished my first complete manuscript of a novel a few days before my twenty-first birthday. When printed out, it was like a mini skyscraper – and, for me, a towering achievement. It was a giddy experience – I can remember that feeling even after…

The Writers Write Interview – Tracey Farren

The Author: Tracey Farren Date of Birth: 15 July 1966 Date of Interview: 4 February 2017 Place: Scarborough, Cape Town The Book: Tess (film tie-in) ~~~ Modjaji Books is pleased to announce the publication of the movie tie-in novel, Tess, which was previously published as Whiplash by…

The Love Interest As A Literary Device

Welcome to the fourth instalment in my series on the four main characters and why they are literary devices. This week, I’m going to write about the love interest's role in our stories. "It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for…

The Top 10 Psychology Blogs

Writers love psychology. We want to know why we act the way we do. We are fascinated by obsessions and phobias and mental illness. At the very least, psychology gives us fodder for our characters' motivations and impulses. Feedspot has compiled a list of the…