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Before you use the template, it is a good idea to ask these seven questions.
Once you have done this, we recommend you use our Persuasive Writing Brainstormer Template to polish your argument. 

Before you use the template, it is a good idea to ask these seven questions.

Once you have done this, we recommend you use our Persuasive Writing Brainstormer Template to polish your argument. 

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Writing Tip - Between you and me
It is always correct to say ‘between you and me’.
It is always incorrect to say ‘between you and I’. 
Read more about this common mistake here: Between you and me.

Writing Tip - Between you and me

It is always correct to say ‘between you and me’.

It is always incorrect to say ‘between you and I’. 

Read more about this common mistake here: Between you and me.

— 3 days ago with 145 notes
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The Top Seven Tips for Writing Emails →

Emails have become the most common way for most people to communicate. We often don’t have the time to use the telephone, and if we do try, we seem to get lost in call centre hell. Getting in touch via email seems perfect. The problem with this lies in the messages created by writers who don’t understand email etiquette, and care even less for spelling and grammar. 

If you’re prepared to saunter up to a potential client and high five them in the street with dirty hands, nothing I can say will help you. If you do care about first impressions, I hope these email tips improve your communication skills.

The Top Seven Tips for Writing Emails

1.  Break it up
White space is better than one big block of writing. It is off-putting to read five thoughts in one long paragraph. Break up your email, and try to limit what you’re asking, or saying, to only three things per email.

2.  Spellcheck
Don’t neglect the basics of your email. A page that is filled with mistakes could lead to you losing business, or being misunderstood.

3.  Write a letter
First impressions count. Use the professional appearance of a letter. Include a greeting, paragraphs, and your signature. This gives readers the idea that you care about the impact you have on them. They perceive you as professional.

4.  Respect 
Internet slang is not recommended. Words should be spelled out in full. It is easier to read and it shows you care about grammar. If writing isn’t your strength, at least make the effort to check your email with grammar software.

5.  Dear ?
Avoid basic mistakes. These include incorrectly spelled email addresses, sending emails to the wrong recipient, and incorrectly spelled names. People don’t like it when you do this.

6.  Say it out loud
Read your entire email out loud. Does it flow? Does it make sense? When you hear what you’ve written, it is easier to fix your mistakes.

7.  Calm down
Never send an email when you’re angry. You will write things that you will regret.

If you make any of these mistakes, it may not be the end of the world, but it does give the impression that you couldn’t really be bothered to check what you’re doing. A reasonable client will probably ask if he or she really wants to do business with someone like that. If you want to succeed in business, take time to get this right.

Email news@writerswrite.co.za to find out more about our business writing course, The Plain Language Programme. 

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson

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The Power of a Series →

The other day, I suggested a new writer develop a fiction series around a character he’d created. The poor guy almost blanched—perhaps because he had dismissed a series as too low-brow or didn’t relish the idea of spending the next 20 years writing about the same character. The truth is that series can consistently build your reputation and your royalties.

Read more here - including three types of series and four tips for writing a series.

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The Six Defining Characteristics of Strong Female Protagonists →

There seem to be a lot of posts about strong female characters on writing blogs. I’m not sure what this means, but it made me think about how I would define this character.

I believe there is a tendency to confuse strength with acting like a man. I don’t want to read about women who act like men, or men who act like women. I think a character’s strength can be measured by his or her ability to get my attention, make me empathise with, and care for, that character, and then to drive the story to its conclusion.

Here are my ideas.

The Six Defining Characteristics of Strong Female Protagonists

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Breaking the Blues - “ how to write even when you don'€™t feel like it →

Some days you feel like you can’t write another word. You feel as flat and useless as road kill. Your writing is as dull as toothache and just as painful to endure. No amount of coffee and staring out the window is helping to summon the muse. You consider becoming a religious recluse or marrying for money. This is not a good state of mind, especially if you have a looming deadline.

Now I’m not going to go all self-help/Dr Phil in this blog, because you’d probably want to bludgeon me to death. I’m just going to say what has worked for me in the past. Sometimes, it is a cure to those mean writing blues. Sometimes, the muse will show up, even if she is wearing her tracksuit and hasn’t combed her hair.

  1. Tidy up your working space. Take a few minutes to sharpen pencils, sort out your files, or spray some lemon furniture polish around. If you’re not too suicidal or broke, spring for some flowers and a vase.
  2. Read the newspaper. Try to get away from your computer or TV and read a printed newspaper. See if you can find a story that grabs your imagination, cut it out and keep it. It doesn’t have to be related to what you’re writing, just something that stands out as compelling, funny or sad.
  3. Pets are a great way to cheer you up. Taking a walk or playing fetch with the dog will get you out the house and into the fresh air.
  4. Take care of the basics. Make sure you’re eating decently, having enough water and resting well. When your creativity has the flu, you need to pamper it the way you would a sick child.
  5. Just put words on a page. This may sound counter-intuitive, but just start writing even if the worst junk in the world, just to feel dis-empowered. You can throw the page away afterwards if you like.

Writing is not adding up numbers or hanging curtains or programming your PVR. There is a certain mystery to the creative process. We can sometimes find a way to short hand the process or trick ourselves into writing—but we must also not be too hard on ourselves if it doesn’t work. Just trust that it will come back to you.

 by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write

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Crime Writing for Beginners - An Infographic →

'All novels are about crime. You’d be hard pressed to find any novel that does not have an element of crime. I don’t see myself as a crime novelist, but there are crimes in my books. That’s the nature of storytelling, if you want to reflect the real world.' ~Carl Hiaasen

I have written a few posts on Crime Writing, from All About Writing Crime Fiction - Five Reasons to Write Crime - to 10 Deadly Poisons - a crime writer’s resource, to The Human Body After Death

Crime fiction remains the most popular of all reading genres, and I thought I would share this Crime-Writing Infographic for beginner crime writers.

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Country is King - when it comes to character →

I like Country Music. Don’t judge. I really do. It’s not so much the twangy guitar, harmonica vibes that I enjoy, it’s the stories I like. (If it’s Deacon from Nashville who is playing the guitar then I will happily profess a love for twang.) I am in awe of the songwriters. They pack so much story into a few minutes. I guess you could say that about any songwriter, but it’s the country songs that get me stomping and singing along. What amazes me is how they describe a person or an event in a single line, and it’s as if I know exactly who, or what, they are describing. I strive for that in my writing. I want to find a single line that will tell you everything, and I want that line to stay with you. 

I love songs like Suds in a Bucket by Sara Evans. It’s a story about a teenager who runs away with “her prince in a white pick-up truck”, and “She left the suds in the bucket/And the clothes hangin’ out on the line.”
And then there’s this guy I just think is awesome. I like his honesty when he says, “I like my women just a little on the trashy side.” (The song is by Jerry Jeff Walker.) I always imagine this rich guy bringin home women who make everyone cringe, but he is as happy as can be.
Another guy who is just so clear in my mind is the one from Picking Wild Flowers by Keith Anderson. He asks a lady to go picking wild flowers with him by saying, “I got Tom Petty playin’ in my Silverado/And I iced down a six-pack”. I mean what woman could resist that? (Insert super-cheesy grin here.) And of course he tells her, “Hey Daisy don’t you worry ‘bout your mama/Like 007 we can keep it covert.” 


Laugh, shudder, and cringe at these people all you want, but you can’t deny they’ve engaged your emotions. They have come alive in your mind. The descriptions are vivid and simple, and the stories are clear. So, next time you are stuck with your novel, try writing your story as country song. After that exercise you’ll find novel-writing easy. After all, your novel doesn’t have to rhyme.

by Mia Botha
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