Writing Tips from Amanda Patterson

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…

The Confidant As A Literary Device

Welcome to the third instalment in my series on the four main characters and why they are literary devices. This week, I’m going to write about the confidant and his or her role in our stories. "He was my confidant, the person who was always on…

The Complete Speechwriting Series

'If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.' - Winston Churchill Last year…

Is Your Antagonist A Match For Your Hero?

I have been writing about the four main characters and why they are literary devices. Last week I started with the protagonist. Today, I'm going to write about the antagonist and his or her role in our stories. "He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and…

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

If we want to create memorable protagonists, we have to remember their purpose in our stories. Last week I wrote about the four main characters and why they are literary devices. Today I'm going to write about the protagonist and his or her role in our stories. “In nearly…

The 4 Main Characters As Literary Devices

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a story idea rather than a plot is by looking at the characters you include in your story. Beginner fiction writers often can’t tell the difference between writing about a series of events that happen…

The Top 42 Writing Posts Of 2016

At the beginning of every year, we have a tradition of posting our Top 42 Writing Posts from the previous year. (There was no special reason for the number 42 in 2013 when we started, but we've kept up the tradition since then.) These were the posts you…

7 Useful Lists To Help You Create A Character

Are you looking for a creative writing exercise to share with your students or your writing group? Use this infographic as a quick fix to help beginner writers create more rounded characters. Lists are one of the most useful prompts for writers to use as…