Writing Tips from Amanda Patterson

The Anatomy Of A Scene

In my first post in this series on writing scenes and sequels, I covered 10 important things to remember about these storytelling devices. In today's post, I am going to cover the anatomy of a scene. “In many cases when a reader puts a story…

Everything You Need To Know About Scenes And Sequels

How To Master Scenes And Sequels Our lives are made up of scenes and sequels. We live through times of action and periods of reflection. Some periods of our lives seem completely action-packed and others are relatively conflict-free. Novels are also made up of these…

How To Make Google Work For You

If you blog or write for social media, you probably use Google more than most people do. It's worth your while getting to know how to use it to make your life easier and to get the most out of this incredibly useful tool. You…

33 Fabulous Resources To Use When You Name Characters

Naming your characters is as important as naming your children. Take care when you do it. In my post, 10 Things To Consider When Naming Characters, I discuss what you should think about when you're looking for names. Four important starting points are: Does the meaning…

30 Filler Words To Cut Out Of Your Writing (Infographic)

What is a padding or filler word? According to Collins Dictionary: 'Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer. Synonyms: waffle [informal , mainly British] , hot air [informal] , verbiage, wordiness' In Business Writing Weak…

Why Social Media & Blogging Matter To Your Business

Where do you think your business referrals originate? On our blogging and social media course we spend time detailing which platforms work best for different industries. Once we have established a blog, we need to choose which social media platforms work for our purposes. You…

3 Simple Tips To Help You Create A Successful Blog

Blogging is hard work. Don’t let anybody fool you that it’s not. It’s also one of the most rewarding things you can do if you are passionate about your subject matter. Blogging gives you a sense of community. It’s a way of creating awareness about…

10 Dialogue Errors Writers Should Avoid

Some writers love writing dialogue and others find it intimidating. Given that modern novels are full of dialogue, it is something we need to take seriously. Readers love dialogue and they often skip chunks of description to get to these exchanges between characters. A year…
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