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!

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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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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Find the Narrative: 108 Year Old Movie – San Francisco One Week Before the Earthquake

Narrative isn’t everything.  Many experiences in fiction and real life have no narrative at all.  While movies are often thought to be one of the most story-oriented media, here is a film clip that has no story, yet has tremendous … Continue reading

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