Welcome to Writing Forward: A Creative Writing Blog

Welcome to Writing Forward, a creative writing blog packed with tips and ideas that will inspire and inform your writing projects. You’ll find posts on grammar, good writing habits and practices, plus tons of writing prompts and exercises to keep your pen moving. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas or trying to improve your writing, you’ve come to the right place!

Writing Forward’s mission is to share helpful and inspiring creative writing tips to benefit the greater writing community and to advocate on behalf of all writers and artists.

Writing Forward launched in September of 2007.

Who’s in Charge Around Here?

Melissa Donovan was born and raised in Northern California. She inherited a love of literature and language from her mom, who taught Melissa to read by age four.

At thirteen, she started writing poetry and song lyrics. Shortly thereafter, Melissa began journaling, and a writer was born.

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

cover-reveal-engineered-underground-350Her poetry has appeared in convergence: an online poetry of journal and art and her debut novel, Engineered Underground was released in March 2015.

Blogging is one of Melissa’s favorite writing passions, along with writing fiction and poetry. She has written a number of guest posts for some pretty cool blogs.

Melissa is the author of the Adventures in Writing series, which includes 101 Creative Writing Exercises, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, and 1200 Creative Writing Prompts.

As an advocate for animal welfare, Melissa supports the No Kill movement, which seeks to end the practice of killing homeless animals in shelters. She is also an anti-censorship activist supporting free speech for writers and artists and working to maintain an open and free Internet.

Melissa is a self-employed website designer and copywriter offering online marketing services to small businesses and independent professionals over at scribizzy.com.