Writing Tips from Amanda Patterson

10 Powerful Recurring Themes In Children’s Stories

Superficially speaking, children like stories that include adventure, mystery, excitement, discovery, daring, novelty, and humour. At the core, children want three basic elements in a story: suspense, characters who are believable, and characters who act to solve problems. We find our themes in the problems.…

Character Interview – A Worksheet For Beginners

If you're looking for a starting point for creating a character, you will enjoy this worksheet. Lee White's character interview will kickstart your journey into your character's past. If you are looking for more in-depth questionnaires, please have a look at these: The Only Character Questionnaire…

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 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…

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Business Writing

In business, you write to communicate. If you want to become a better business writer, ask yourself these five questions: 1.  What are you trying to say? You should be able to answer this in one sentence. Before you begin, ask yourself: What do I…
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