Writing Tips from Amanda Patterson

How To Write A Short Story

Short Cuts – How To Write A Short Story

How do you write a short story? In this post, we look at the mistakes people make and give you a formula for how to write a short story. I was asked to judge five creative writing competitions in a period of 18 months in…
Bucket List - Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Bucket List – Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Define your goals. Fictional characters are a lot like real people. You need to keep them busy. One of the first things I teach writers is that characters need a story goal. A physical, tangible story goal. Once a writer understands this, the intangible goals…
There Are No New Plots

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

If you're worried that you don't have an original plot, don't worry about it. There are no new plots. The only thing you have going for you is your unique way of telling a story. I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've…

Good Writers Mean Business

Marketing, PR and Sales staff spend more time writing than speaking. Yet writing skills continue to deteriorate. Money is poured into market research and branding. Thought leaders think. Experts advise. Marketing companies market. However, this is wasted money if we can’t write for a target…
The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories

The 5 Senses – How Readers Remember Stories

Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource. In this post, I will talk about the 5 senses and why they are important in the books you write. There are places I remember... The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories Whether we are writing a…

Hyphens And Dashes

What’s the difference? Hyphens: join two or more words together. Examples: door-to-door,  editor-in-chief attach prefixes to words. Examples: ex-wife, non-executive, co-worker are used to avoid ambiguity: He wants to re-cover his furniture (to put new covers on it). He wants to recover his furniture (to…
Beat Writer's Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beat Writer’s Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beating The Imaginary Block Writers are doing themselves a disservice when they perpetuate the myth of writer’s block. If writers want to be taken seriously, and, if writers want to be properly paid, they need to behave professionally. There are four elements that help you…
Creating Characters - 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

Creating Characters – 5 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers. In this post, we have compiled a list of five mistakes beginner writers make when they create characters. What are the most common mistakes first time writers make when they create characters? They often forget they're creating…

Plain Language Made Easy

Writers Write promotes and teaches plain language writing skills. There is an act called the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) No 68 of 2008. Protecting the consumer is a priority in South Africa. High levels of illiteracy and social inequality have brought Plain Language into focus. What is…
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