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!

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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Master and Commander

Just finished reading the first of the twenty Aubrey/Maturin novels, Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. One down, nineteen to go. Fascinating are the extremely long and convoluted sentences that yet somehow work due to their energy, enthusiasm of subject … Continue reading

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Writing with Red Herrings

Excerpted from: 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Available in Paperback and for Kindle   The old expression, “A Red Herring,” means something that is intentionally misleading. In storytelling, a red herring is a scene, which is set up … Continue reading

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Using Index Cards for Your Story

Excerpted from: 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Available in Paperback and for Kindle   Index cards (3×5 or 5×7 in size) are often used by screenwriters to plan out the sequence of events in their stories. Usually, a … Continue reading

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All in your mind…

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Writing Tip: Keep a Creative Log!

One of the biggest differences between a pedestrian novel and a riveting one are the clever little quips, concepts, snippets of dialog, and fresh metaphors. But coming up with this material on the fly is a difficult chore, and sometimes … Continue reading

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