Journal Prompts for Giving Thanks
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by Melissa Donovan
2M ago
Journal prompts for cultivating gratitude. Journal writing is excellent for building skills and maintaining a regular writing practice, and journal prompts can help you use your journal creatively and beneficially. Journal prompts can be used to inspire creative ideas, to keep track of important things in our lives, and for personal growth. Today’s prompts are for the practice of gratitude. According to Harvard Medical School: In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions ..read more
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Would You Rather Have Skill or Talent as a Writer?
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by Melissa Donovan
7M ago
Would you rather have skills or talent? Is effective writing borne of skill or talent? There has always been a debate about whether artistic trades are a matter of learned skill or inherent talent. On the one hand, there is the belief that some are born with active and imaginative right brains and are therefore better able to manifest creativity. On the other hand, some argue that creative skills can be learned and mastered. When it comes to creative writing, I believe that skill and talent work together. In fact, I would argue that almost every writer whose work is worth reading has some c ..read more
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12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas
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by Melissa Donovan
8M ago
Where to find awesome writing ideas. Some writers are overwhelmed with inspiration and can’t find enough time to bring every brilliant idea to fruition. The rest of us are always on the lookout for compelling writing ideas to add to our inspiration archives. But writing ideas are not always easy to come by. So we constantly search for inspiration that will keep us happily tapping away on our keyboards. Some writing ideas are right in front of us, but if we’re not paying attention, we won’t see them. Others can be found with a little effort. Turns out, awesome writing ideas ar ..read more
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How to Engage Readers with Emotional Writing
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by Melissa Donovan
9M ago
How to create emotionally resonant writing. One of the greatest skills that a writer can possess is the ability to make readers feel something. If you can engage readers on an emotional level, you’ll have them hooked. This effect is called emotional resonance. Think about it: Most of the books, poems, movies, and TV shows that you love best are the ones with which you forged an emotional connection. You felt like the characters were your friends, so you felt for them. You felt with them. In performances, actors, writers, and directors collaborate to create emotional resonance. But in writte ..read more
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How to Harvest Creative Writing Ideas from the News
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by Melissa Donovan
11M ago
The news is a great source of writing ideas. Creative people are always looking for inspiration, and writers are no exception. We look to the people in our lives, to nature, and to the books, music, and films that we love. We call on our muses, we doodle, and we daydream. We record our dreams, meditate, and contemplate. And we do all these things in an attempt to find creative writing ideas that inspire and motivate us. But we really need look no further than our local newsstand, where creative writing ideas aplenty can be found. Open up a newspaper, turn on the news, or surf over to your f ..read more
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“What-if?” Journal Prompts
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by Melissa Donovan
1y ago
Journal prompts to fire up your imagination. What if you won the lottery? What if you woke up in someone else’s body? What if you could fly? What if you could open your imagination to a whole new world of writing ideas? Today’s journal prompts encourage you to wonder. Some of them are based on reality. Others ask you to step outside the realm of possibility (or likelihood) and leave the world as we know it behind. Journal Writing Journal writing is excellent for birthing new ideas and fleshing them out. Journal prompts help by giving you a launching pad — a place to start your writing ses ..read more
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Is Writing Always Fun?
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by Melissa Donovan
1y ago
Is writing always fun? People have different reasons for writing. For some, it’s a hobby. For others, it’s a livelihood. For most, it’s a hobby they dream of turning into a livelihood. It’s a worthwhile dream, and a lofty one too. But what does it take to get there? How much fun will you have, and just how much work must you do to turn your passion for writing into a full-time job? And if you do manage to make a career out of creative writing, will it still be as fun as when it was just a hobby? Having Fun with Creative Writing Young and new writers often come to creative writing because ..read more
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How to Find Writing Inspiration When Your Muse is on Vacation
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by Melissa Donovan
1y ago
Is your muse on vacation? Get your writing inspiration here! Have you ever sat down to start a new writing project only to find yourself sitting there, hours later, staring idly at the blank page? Writing inspiration doesn’t always come easily. In an ideal world, we always look forward to the blank page, a fresh canvas we can color with ideas and texture with language. When our muse is dancing around, we feel motivated and inspired, so the blank page feels like the start of an exciting adventure. But if our mind isn’t in the right place, if our muse is on vacation, that same page is nothin ..read more
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Talent Isn’t Everything
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by Melissa Donovan
1y ago
How far will talent take you? Every writer hopes for talent, but what is talent, exactly? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary offers several definitions: a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude. general intelligence or mental power: ability the natural endowments of a person Talent gives people an edge or a head start. With talent, you can learn faster and perform better. Success isn’t guaranteed, but it’s within reach. In writing, we see a variety of talents. Some authors are natural storytellers. Others have a way with words. Some are fast learners who quickly pick up new writ ..read more
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From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: What’s Your Superpower?
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by Melissa Donovan
1y ago
Discover your superpower by doing creative writing exercises. Today, I’d like to share a fun exercise from my book 101 Creative Writing Exercises (aff link), which is packed with writing exercises that encourage you to explore different forms and genres while you discover useful writing techniques. You’ll find plenty of inspiration throughout the book with ideas for projects you can eventually publish. Today’s exercise is from chapter 11, “Creativity.” It’s called “What’s Your Superpower?” Enjoy! What’s Your Superpower? What if you could fly or make yourself invisible? What if you coul ..read more
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