Category Archives: Creative Writing

Finding Inspiration For Your Novel

By Melanie Anne Phillips We all know that writing is not just about assembling words, but also about assembling ideas. When we actually sit down to write, we may have our ideas all worked out in advance or we may … Continue reading

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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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Storytelling Tip 8 of 50 – Flashbacks and Flash Forwards

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 8 Flashbacks and Flash Forwards There is a big difference between flashbacks where a character reminisces and flashbacks that simply transport an audience to … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 7 of 50 – “Out of Sequence Experiences”

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 7 Out of Sequence Experiences (Changing Temporal Relationships) With this technique, the audience is unaware they are being presented things out of order. Such a … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 6 of 50 – “Non-Causality”

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 6 Non-Causality (Out of Context Experiences) There is often a difference between what an audience expects and what logically must happen. A prime example occurs … 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…

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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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