Defrag Your Sentences

Writers are constantly reminded to be concise, to cull the unnecessary word. While this is generally a good advice, writers can leave out essential elements of a sentence in the process and cull necessary words instead. Fragments are incomplete sentences Incomplete sentence disrupt the flow and confuse readers. Usually, fragments are pieces of sentences that have […]

QPL Book Review: Satans and Shaitans

Want suspense? Want suspense set in Nigeria? Want suspense set in Nigeria with an eerily realistic almost prophetic premise? Well look no further! This first book by Obinna Udenwe is a thriller very worth the read. Obinna took several situations we are facing in Nigeria and managed to weave them expertly into this thick web […]

 “LET ME CONVINCE YOU”

The purpose of persuasive writing is just as the name implies – to convince readers to agree with the author’s point of view.  Unlike expository writing, persuasive writing contains the opinions and biases of the author. It is often used in letters of complaint, advertisements or commercials, affiliate marketing pitches, cover letters, newspaper opinion and […]

QPL Interviews: Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam

Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam was born and grew up in Kenya. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Toronto and now works in Nairobi as a property developer. She is married with two daughters. Her published works include: Baby Star –a children’s book, Packed Lunch – short story published in “All the Small Things”, Imani’s […]

Show Don’t Tell

  ‘Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.’ – Ernest Hemmingway Almost every writer has heard the classic writing rule ‘show don’t tell’, but not everyone understands it. Telling is useful when writing as it is supplying information, but that is not enough. To make a story more real and effectively capture the reader, ‘showing’ […]

QPL Interviews: Mandy Collins

Mandy Collins is a South African journalist and author with a passion for words and wonderful stories. She lives in Johannesburg with her two teenage daughters and two slightly deranged dogs. Her story Dad Goes to School was longlisted for the Golden Baobab Picture Book Prize in 2013.   Have you always wanted to be a […]

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists’ List Announced

Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The authors come from ten countries with six new nationalities included on the list for the first time. They are from Libya, […]