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Melissa Donovan is the Founder and Editor of Writing Forward, a critically acclaimed blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Swan Hatch Press (February 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615547850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615547855
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in California, Melissa Donovan inherited a love of literature from her mom, who taught Melissa to read by age four. At thirteen, Melissa started penning poetry and song lyrics. Shortly thereafter, journaling became a daily habit, and a writer was born.

Melissa writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and she has worked as a technical writer, copywriter, and professional blogger. Her poetry has appeared in convergence: an online poetry of journal and art. To learn more about Melissa's work, visit her website: www.melissadonovan.com.

Melissa is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog that features creative writing tips, ideas, tools, and techniques as well as writing exercises and prompts that offer inspiration and help build skills. To learn more, visit Writing Forward: www.writingforward.com.

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She writes well herself and inspires interest in the exercises.
Ms. Joan A. Di Masi
I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to learn more about the art and science of writing.
Tonya Schulte
101 Creative writing exercises helped me get over my writers block.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Schulte on March 4, 2012
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If you've been searching for a goldmine concerning all-things-writing you need look no further. Really, working through this book in what ever order will best serve your learning or practicing needs is certain to improve your skills. I love writing and participate in writing in one form or another almost every day. Yet, as I recently spent time working through just two different exercises as set forth in this book I learned new skills.

The author suggests that moving out of one's comfort zone is a good way to improve skills and gain writing experience. At first I wondered why I would try something that I've believed would be too hard for me. My writing typically focuses on the here and now, facts and information. Yet, I took pen in hand (later went to the keyboard) and began the first exercise in the beginning section of Writing Fiction.

My first hesitant steps were soon overcome by the exhilaration I felt when I began to realize that my imagination was kicking in. I was beginning to see scenes in my mind which I could translate to paper. I was setting the scene for a fictional account which I could make "real" by continuing to follow the steps as laid out in this book.

As another part of my experiment I followed one of the prompts which was more suited to what I usually write about. Once again, I felt as if I had found gold. Ms. Donovan's simple step by step system and suggested tactics do indeed serve to make the writing experience quite productive. With these easy to follow instructions and suggestions long time writers and beginners alike are given ways to improve their writing. Period.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to learn more about the art and science of writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joy F. Hurt on July 18, 2013
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I was researching books to use as a resource for an online creative writing resource that I teach, and I found this one to be most helpful. If I run the class again, I am considering adopting this as the primary text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nico on January 19, 2013
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I really love this book, especially because it gives me the chance to step outside of my comfort-zone. Perfect for writer's block evenings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Barnes on November 9, 2012
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This book could well be used as a course study for anyone who wants to try a hand at writing or to improve writing skills. The book is broken down into several topics including freewriting, journaling, fiction, storytelling, etc. Along with each topic discussed there is an exercise to complete. Great for anyone who wants to a new twist on just about every type of writing there is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viv on March 5, 2013
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This innovative book gives me inspiration to fashion my own lessons to present to adults writing for the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Joan A. Di Masi on September 2, 2013
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This is one of the best writing exercise books I have ever seen!! It's not the same type of prompts that are everywhere. She writes well herself and inspires interest in the exercises. When I sit down and write one, it often expands into a short story or essay. Even when they are similar to some I have seen and done before, they are different because of the way she presents them. This has been a great addition to my writing journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2013
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Enjoyed reading the book and found that, as usual, doing anything different to get out of a rut such as writers block, helps. This book was one of those helpers and I use it occasionally, although, I would likely get more from it if I would simply read it and do the exercises. My next project!
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By Heather on September 3, 2014
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Every story needs a foundation. Within my writing life, one of my least favorite jobs is coming up with the details I’m never going to write about. The history of the world. Why my characters think the way they do. Designing people, places, and things I would rather just skip over. But, one way or another, some sort of background has to be made to pull off the farce, and 101 Creative Writing Exercises is a great tool to build with.

Ms. Donovan covers a wide range of topics intended to both ignite the imagination as well as create a larger toolbox of writing schematics a writer can fall on when the going gets tough. More than that, the book is organized with short exercises that can be used during any stage of writing, whether just starting to fiddle with an idea or plugging plot holes in a later draft.

I, for one, have never needed this book as a crutch, and only pull it out every now and again as a new project catches my eye. However, I always find I’m glad to have this book around when I need it, because I know I’m making a stronger story that will be worth it later.

The book is easy to use, all the exercises are concise but thought-provoking, and if you put in your part then 101 Creative Writing Exercises will serve you through the end. I think it is worth a purchase.
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