Category Archives: Creative Writing

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

Posted in Creative Writing | Comments Off on An Argument Against Deadlines

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

Posted in Creative Writing | Comments Off on Structure Hobbles the Muse

Free Book – Write Your Novel Step By Step

Posted in Announcements, Creative Writing, Write Your Novel Step by Step | Comments Off on Free Book – Write Your Novel Step By Step

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

Posted in Creative Writing | Comments Off on Blowing a Story Bubble

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

Posted in Creative Writing | Comments Off on Writing from the Passionate Self

Take Your Story To Dinner

By Melanie Anne Phillips Is your story a good enough conversationalist, or does it need to go back to finishing school with another draft before it is ready for prime time? You have days, months, perhaps even years to prepare … Continue reading

Posted in Creative Writing | Comments Off on Take Your Story To Dinner

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

Posted in Writer's Block | Comments Off on Finding Inspiration For Your Novel