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Melissa Donovan

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I have been inhaling books for as long as I can remember. I started writing poetry and keeping a journal at thirteen and haven't stopped writing since.

I studied creative writing at Sonoma State University, earning a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing. Since then, I have worked as a technical writer, copywriter, professional blogger, and writing coach.

My blog, Writing Forward, is packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

Check out my books: The Adventures in Writing series includes 101 Creative Writing Exercises, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, and 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. The Storyteller's Toolbox series includes What's the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing.
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My Latest Book – Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

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Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises is the second book in my series on the art of storytelling, The Storyteller’s Toolbox.

Story Drills

Stories are made up of many moving parts: plots and subplots; characters, action, and dialogue; the scenes, the setting, the prose, and more.

Developing each of these elements and then weaving them all together into a coherent narrative requires a variety

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101 Creative Writing Exercises

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1200 Creative Writing Prompts

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What's the Story? Building ...

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10 Core Practices for Bette...

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“4. A writer loses the ability to distinguish reality from the fantastical worlds of his or her stories.”
Melissa Donovan, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Joseph Brodsky

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Summer night--
even the stars
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“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
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“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
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