Melissa Donovan is one of those lighthouse people. She guides others to a better understanding of the landscape–which, in her case, is the nuanced coastline of creative writing.
She is the founder and editor of Writing Forward. Since 2007, she has offered creative writing advice, grammar tips, thoughtful prompts and much more on her informative website.
Now Melissa has published a book, 101 CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES, featuring original tools and techniques to jumpstart your imagination and improve your writing. It is available in paperback for $7.99 or for the Kindle for $2.99.
The book is geared toward many kinds of creative writers–fiction writers, journal keepers, journalists, bloggers and poets. She invites writers to think about a project in new ways by offering lots of questions, prompts, assignments and variations on those assignments.
“Many of the exercises in this book will help you develop projects that you can eventually polish, submit and publish,” Melissa writes in the introduction.
Her collected exercises are helpful for seasoned writers needing a kickstart on a particular project or chapter. But they’re also great for neophytes who are unsure how to start putting words on the page.
Think of this book as a series of sparks intended to get your creative fire blazing. 101 CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES offers tips on how to complete each assignment as well as how to apply the results directly to your work-in-progress.
Melissa’s myriad exercises can be used in order, like a workbook, or they can be chosen at random to help the writer focus on a particular task or challenge. I’m especially excited about the “People and Characters” chapter, since I’m working on fleshing out my novel’s protagonist. Melissa’s character sketch exercise is a fantastic checklist for turning a flat character into a multidimensional hero (or villain).
For more information, visit Writing Forward or Melissa’s business website, Scribizzy.com. Check out her Seven Questions interview to learn more about how she became a successful creative writing blogger.