Category Archives: Creative Writing

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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The Writing Life: “Any” Bacon Sandwich

In the series “Band of Brothers” soldier Nixon visits his recently promoted friend Captain Winters, who now had an aide. To screw with the aide, Nixon asks him to find him a bacon sandwich, which is pretty unlikely on the … Continue reading

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How I Beat Writer’s Block…

After twenty five years as a teacher of creative writing, I finally discovered the cure for writer’s block.  I call it the Idea Spinner Method. It worked so well for me, I turned it into a software tool to make … Continue reading

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Today’s Writing Tip: “Building Size”

Today’s writing tip: You can hold your reader’s or audience’s interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen to be either larger or smaller than it originally appeared. This … Continue reading

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Today’s Writing Prompt

Today’s writing prompt: Not all of us choose to act, but we cannot avoid choosing how to react.

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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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10 Essential Tips for Beginning Writers

1.  WRITE! What makes you a writer?  Writing makes you a writer.  Being a writer says nothing about how good you are, how prolific you are, whether you are published or not.  When you write you are a writer.  When … Continue reading

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Never Be Stuck for a Plot Again!

A writer asked today: Dear Melanie, Could you please tell me where can I find some material on western genre plot building. Let me make it much clearer. I have a character Marshal, A saloon girl, Rancher, Preacher, Blacksmith and … Continue reading

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