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Monday Motivation: Gold teeth and jail-house tattoos

Monday Motivation: Gold teeth and jail-house tattoos

-Richard Beynon What follows are examples of two radically different ways of introducing characters into your narrative. On the one hand, there’s the studied, theatrical introduction favoured by mannered writers of both the past and present. And on the other, there’s a much more laconic, understated style which, eschewing the encyclopaedic approach, picks instead on … Continue reading

Self-publishing A Beautiful Family : The launch

Self-publishing A Beautiful Family : The launch

By Marilyn Cohen de Villiers “Are you the author? Did you write A Beautiful Family?  I loved it. I’ve been recommending it to everyone…” And with that, the delightful young assistant at Skoobs Theatre of Books in Montecasino, Johannesburg, skipped out from behind the till, rushed off and came back with a copy of my … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: The dialect of teenagers

Monday Motivation: The dialect of teenagers

-Richard Beynon Adam Gopnik, staffwriter on the New Yorker, has written an article about teenage dialect, and argues that the dialogue uttered by your typical 14-year-old, peppered with ‘ums’ and ‘likes’, is as subtle a medium of communication as anything ever written by Henry James. He writes: ‘If, for instance, a fourteen-year-old girl says, “So … Continue reading

Short Story Competition

Short Story Competition

You have just five days to enter our July writing challenge.  The prize: publication of your story in Allaboutwriting’s first short story collection. Several weeks ago, we ran our first short story weekend. Writers came together, took some inspiration from a list of possible ideas we’d devised (or invented their own) and, in just 36 hours wrote … Continue reading

Plain English in a global economy

Plain English in a global economy

By MANDY COLLINS A friend sent me a link to an article in the Harvard Business Review  the other day. A new study had found that firms further from the US wrote more clearly than those within the US, and the article explored why this ‘home bias’ should exist. It’s an interesting read, and you … Continue reading