Category Archives: Creative Writing

Need inspiration or a cure for writer’s block? You’ll find it here. This category focuses on the creative process from organizing your writing time to developing your ideas and finding your author’s voice.

Browse through the list or use the search box at the top of the page to find just what you are looking for, and may the Muse be with you!

Finding Your Creative Time

By Melanie Anne Phillips You sit in your favorite writing chair, by the window, on the porch, or in the study. You wear your favorite tweed jacket with the leather elbow patches, or your blue jeans, or your “creative shoes.” … Continue reading

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The Creativity Two-Step

By Melanie Anne Phillips It is easier to come up with many ideas than it is to come up with one idea. Now that may sound counter-intuitive, but consider this… When you are working on a particular story and you … Continue reading

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Novelists: Don’t Hold Back!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Unlike screenplays, there are no budget constraints in a book. You can write, “The entire solar system exploded, planet at a time,” as easily as you can write, “a leaf fell from the tree.” Let you … Continue reading

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How Art is Made (The Battle Between Heart and Mind)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Realize that your mind is a narrative-generating machine. That is why narratives exist in the first place: because they mirror the processes of the mind. But the mind is also a repository of topical information – … Continue reading

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Today’s Meme for Writers…

I always wanted to invent LITTLE LORD ROYAL FONT

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Back to Work, Writers!

BACK TO WORK, WRITERS! Yes, writing is work. Though sometimes in the thrill of inspiration the process can be an amusement park of experiences, more often it is frustration, drudgery and stress. Over the years I’ve found that most of … Continue reading

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Use a Log Line to Clarify Your Story Before You Write

Having a core concept for your story before you write will provide you with a creative beacon – a lighthouse by which to guide your creative efforts so they stay on course to your ultimate purpose: a completed novel. While … Continue reading

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Today’s Writing Prompt…

Writing prompt – what would be the second line in your book if this philosophy was expressed in the first line: “If God didn’t want us to squish ants he should’ve made ’em the size of tigers”

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Another thought exercise for writers…

A thought exercise for writers. Not all stories are simple adventures or romps. Stretch your Muse and consider what story mind include this moment: His face lined with pain and compassion, the hand he reached out to caress those he … Continue reading

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Banish Writer’s Block with Idea Spinner!

Beat Writer’s Block with Idea Spinner – my new tool for writers! Idea Spinner, my newest product for writers, is being released today for just $19.95. Starting with your initial concept, Idea Spinner sidesteps creative block and helps you quickly … Continue reading

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