Category Archives: Creative Writing

Do You Write Like An Actor or a Director?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here are two ways to approach the craft of writing. The first is to step into the role of each character and write it very personally, as if you were an actor portraying a part. The … Continue reading

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In Search of Your Writer’s Identity

Sweet potatoes are the best.  And they are best described in Ralph Ellison’s story of a black man coming to terms with his identity entitled “Invisible Man,” in which he has always avoided eating his favorite childhood food, hot buttered … Continue reading

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An Argument Against Deadlines

By Melanie Anne Phillips In story structure there is a dramatic element called the Story Limit.  It has two varieties: the time lock and the option lock.  Some stories come to a climax because they run out of time, others … Continue reading

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Is Story Structure Your Enemy?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Structuring before writing or anywhere in the beginning of the process hobbles the Muse and creativity stops and progress bogs down.  This can make it appear as if story structure is your enemy. But, if you … Continue reading

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Structure Hobbles the Muse

By Melanie Anne Phillips The Muse explodes outward into a world of passion and possibilities. As a teacher of creative writing for twenty-five years, my experiences with many types of writers tell me that one should never consider structure at … Continue reading

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Free Book – Write Your Novel Step By Step

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Blowing A Story Bubble

By Melanie Anne Phillips Remember blowing bubbles with that solution in the little bottles and the plastic wand? The craft of writing is a bit like blowing bubbles (life is like a box of chocolates!) This holds true not only … Continue reading

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Writing from the Passionate Self

By Melanie Anne Phillips Who are you, really? Do you even know? Or do you just think you know? At the center of our beings, at the heart of our souls, can be found the truth of our identity: our … Continue reading

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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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