1200 Creative Writing Prompts: Kindle and Paperback Editions on Sale Starting at 99¢

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1200 Creative Writing Prompts is on sale!

From now through Friday, 3/14/14, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts is on sale. Get the Kindle edition for just 99¢ through Amazon, or pick up the paperback edition at 15% off through CreateSpace with the discount code 7ZLPPK54.

About 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

1200 Creative Writing Prompts is packed with prompts that will inspire and motivate you to write. The book features three sections: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The fiction section includes prompts from every genre imaginable: literary, suspense, thriller, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, historical, humor, satire, children’s, and young adult.

Writing prompts are perfect for those times when you’re feeling unmotivated or aren’t sure what to write. They’re also ideal for maintaining regular writing practice. So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts now!

Have You Read It?

Have you already read 1200 Creative Writing Prompts? Did you enjoy it? If so, I’d really appreciate a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other online bookseller’s website. Positive reviews are immensely helpful for authors, and they help other readers (in this case, writers) find interesting and useful books.

Get your copy today:

Remember, the sale ends on Friday, 3/14.

 

Click here and use discount code 7ZLPPK54 to get the paperback from CreateSpace

 

or click the button below to get the Kindle edition for 99¢

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It’s National Grammar Day!

National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day: March 4, 2014.

Every year on March fourth, we set aside a day to honor and celebrate grammar.

Grammar is either near and dear to a writer’s heart or it’s the bane of a writer’s existence. Some of us delight in studying the rules and constructs of language. These rules can be considered a consensus, a way to ensure consistency in language, so it can be widely used and understood.

That’s why grammar is one of the most important tools a writer can master. When you understand the rules of language, your writing will be smoother and easier to digest. You’ll also know when to break the rules for effect. As you gain mastery of grammar, your writing process becomes easier, because you won’t need to stop in the middle of a sentence to wonder if you’ve constructed it properly.


As writers, we should pay heed to grammar every day of the year. We should constantly strive to expand our knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation as a way to improve our process and our finished product. National Grammar Day serves as a reminder that grammar is integral to our work.

Fast Facts About National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day was originally established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic].

Since 2013, National Grammar Day has been hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional. She’s also the host of the Grammar Girl blog and podcast, which offers short and fun grammar lessons in easy, digestible chunks.

Five Ways to Celebrate National Grammar Day

This year on National Grammar Day, set aside a few minutes to learn something new about grammar, spelling, or punctuation.

  1. Treat yourself to a grammar handbook or a style guide. I recommend The Chicago Manual of Style, a thick tome that will answer almost every issue that arises in your writing.
  2. Visit the dictionary and learn a new word, or visit the thesaurus and study synonyms for some of your favorite or most frequently used words.
  3. Make a commitment to set aside a few minutes each day (or week) to study grammar and become better versed in the rules of language.
  4. Subscribe to Grammar Girls blog or podcast.
  5. Review a piece of your writing, and take time to look up every issue you’re uncertain about.

National Grammar Day

National Grammar Day has a mantra:

March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!

Finally, spread the word about National Grammar Day. Let your friends know about it, whether they’re writers or not, and be sure to visit the National Grammar Day website, which is packed with grammar goodies.

Goodreads Giveaway: Win a Paperback Edition of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

creative writing prompts1200 Creative Writing Prompts has received its first review, and it’s five stars!

“It didn’t take long for this book to blow me away. Right from the start, I was reading through the fiction prompts and I wanted to work on the ideas I saw presented. As someone who writes fiction, I felt like I discovered gold here…The ideas suggested in the prompts are very creative and will get your creative juices flowing…If you’re looking for help in getting ideas for things to write about, then this book should be just the thing to help you out. It’s great!”

Thanks for the glowing review, Buddy Gott!

Be sure to check out Buddy’s Writing Show on YouTube. I was recently a guest on the show. Buddy and I discussed writing tips and best practices. You can check that out here.

I’m also getting lots of positive feedback about the book on social media and via email. People are writing poems and stories inspired by the prompts in this book! If you’ve already gotten a copy and loved it, please consider leaving a review at Goodreads or any of the online bookseller’s websites. Reviews are instrumental in helping authors reach more readers.

Win a Free Copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

From today through Friday, February 7, I’m hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. 


Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

Click here to learn more about 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in, click “Enter to Win” below for your chance to win a copy of 1200 Creative Writing Prompts.

The contest is open to residents of the United States.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

1200 Creative Writing Prompts by Melissa Donovan

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

by Melissa Donovan

Giveaway ends February 07, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Good luck, and keep writing!

1200 Creative Writing Prompts is Now Available on Amazon!

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I’m thrilled to announce that the final book in the Adventures in Writing series is now available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.

About the Book

1200 Creative Writing Prompts is packed with starters that will inspire you to write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction:

  • 500 fiction prompts cover a range of genres: literary, suspense, thriller, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, historical, humor, satire, children’s, and young adult.
  • 400 poetry prompts inspire you with subjects, images, and word lists.
  • 300 creative nonfiction prompts for writing memoir, personal essays, journaling, and exploring your writing goals and habits.

That’s it. The book is simple and straightforward. It’s designed to do one thing: inspire and motivate you to write.

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

1200 Creative Writing Prompts is now available at Amazon, and it will be coming soon to other online bookstores, including Smashwords, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple’s iBookstore. I’ll make an announcement here on the blog as soon as the book is available everywhere.

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10 Core Practices for Better Writing: Kindle and Paperback Editions on Sale

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10 Core Practices for Better Writing on SALE.

From now through Friday, 12/6/13, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing is on sale. Kindle: Get the Kindle edition for just 99¢ through Amazon. Paperback: The paperback edition is available at 10% off through CreateSpace with the discount code 3G6Y3FFX. This will be the last time this book goes on sale for the foreseeable future, so be sure to pick up your copy now. Look for the next title in the Adventures in Writing series in January, 2014.

About 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is for writers who want to strengthen their writing skills. You’ll learn beneficial practices that promote excellence in writing, discover tools and techniques to improve your writing, and develop professional-caliber writing habits. By applying the concepts in this book, you will master the craft of writing. Each of the 10 practices presented in this book advance your writing over the long term. It’s packed with inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities that encourage you to practice and perfect your writing. What are you waiting for? Pick up 10 Core Practices for Better Writing now!

Have You Read It?

Have you already read 10 Core Practices for Better Writing? Did you enjoy it? If so, I’d really appreciate a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other online bookseller’s website. Positive reviews are immensely helpful for authors, and they help other readers (in this case, writers) find interesting and useful books.

Get your copy today:

Remember, the sale ends on Friday, 12/6.

 

Click here and use discount code 3G6Y3FFX to get the paperback from CreateSpace

 

or click the button below to get the Kindle edition for 99¢

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Enter to Win a Paperback Edition of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 core practices for better writingIf you haven’t picked up a copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing yet, here’s your chance to get one for free.

From today through Thursday, November 8, I’m hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

Click here to learn more about 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in, click “Enter to Win” below for your chance to win a copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

10 Core Practices for Better Writing by Melissa Donovan

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

by Melissa Donovan

Giveaway ends November 08, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Good luck, and keep writing!

10 Core Practices for Better Writing (Kindle Edition) is on Sale for 99¢

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10 Core Practices for Better Writing on SALE.

From now through Sunday, 10/6/13, you can download the Kindle edition of my latest book, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, for just 99¢.

About 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is for writers who want to strengthen their writing skills.

You’ll learn beneficial practices that promote excellence in writing, discover tools and techniques to improve your writing, and develop professional-caliber writing habits.

By applying the concepts in this book, you will master the craft of writing.

Each of the 10 practices presented in this book advance your writing over the long term. It’s packed with inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities.

What are you waiting for? Pick up 10 Core Practices for Better Writing now!

First Review!

The first review is in! Here’s what Paula Elliott had to say about 10 Core Practices for Better Writing:

“Absolutely the best book I have found on the subject! Excellent book for anyone wanting to break through writer’s block! Would be a great read for teachers and students as well.” – Paula Elliott

Thanks, Paula. Your review made my day!

Remember, the sale ends on Sunday, 10/6. Get your copy today:

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Writing Forward’s Sixth Anniversary: Win a Free Copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing

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Writing Forward is six years old!

Writing Forward Turns Six

Writing Forward launched on September 1, 2007 and is now six years old, which is pretty exciting.

Every time we celebrate another anniversary, I find myself surprised that the site is still going strong and growing. I’m especially proud that we’ve expanded beyond the blog and have published two books in the Adventures in Writing series with a third one on the way early next year.

None of that would be possible without the wonderful readers and writers who have subscribed to Writing Forward, especially everyone who has shared our posts and books on social media, left positive reviews of the books on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, and helped us build this passionate community of writers.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is Now Available in More Bookstores


About a month ago, 10 Core Practices for Better Writing became available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.

Now, you can also pick up a copy from Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes & Noble (for Nook), Kobo, and Smashwords.

My goal is make sure the book is available to you in the format you prefer and from the outlet where you like to shop. Let me know if there’s another format or store where you’d like to see it.

Win a Free Copy of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing Ebook

To celebrate all this good news, I’m giving away five free copies of 10 Core Practices for Better Writing in ebook format. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

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  • To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us one thing you’ve done that helped you improve your writing. Make sure you enter a valid email address (your email address is not shared, published, or distributed). Comments that do not include a statement about how you’ve improved your writing will not be considered as a contest entry.
  • Five winners will be selected from the comments at random and each winner will be able to choose the ebook format of his or her choice; options include Kindle (.mobi), epub, and pdf.
  • Comments (and the contest) will stay open until midnight (Pacific Time) Thursday, September 5, 2013.
  • Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing and will have one week to claim their prizes.
  • Winners will receive their ebooks via email.

Good luck, and keep writing!

Change to Schedule:

For the past year, we’ve been publishing new posts three times a week but will now return to publishing new content twice a week with two posts from our archives per month.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing: Now Available on Amazon

10 core practices for better writingI’m so excited to announce the next book in the Adventures in Writing series: 10 Core Practices for Better Writing.

About the Book:

Writing is an adventure that lasts a lifetime.

Start your adventure with 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, a book that helps you strengthen your writing skills so you can excel in the craft of writing.

You’ll develop simple but effective habits that will consistently improve your writing–core practices that will stay with you forever.

It doesn’t matter whether you write fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. The practices outlined in this book give you the tools and techniques you need to consistently produce better writing over time. Every project you write will be better than the last.

Ideal for new and experienced writers alike, this book will enlighten and inform your work. It’s perfect for writing groups, classes, and workshops as well as individual writers who want to bring their writing to the professional level.

You’ll find inspirational quotes, questions for thought and discussion, and activities peppered throughout.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

Start your journey toward better writing today.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is now available in paperback and for the Kindle at Amazon, and it will be coming soon to other online bookstores, including Smashwords, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple’s iBookstore. I’ll make an announcement here on the blog as soon as the book is available everywhere.

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Writing Around the Web and the Next Adventures in Writing Book

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Adventures in writing: around the web.

Last year, I published 101 Creative Writing Exercises, a book packed with exercises that impart useful writing techniques while providing inspiration for projects and regular writing practice. It was the first book in my Adventures in Writing Series.

Now I’m putting the final touches on the follow-up book in the series, which is tentatively titled Core Practices for Better Writing.

As you can guess from the title, the book explores core practices that writers can adopt for consistently improving their writing. This book is ideal for beginning to intermediate writers but it also includes practical advice for advanced writers who see room for improvement in their work.

I’m excited to announce the book will be available sometime in June (possibly early July).

Writing Around the Web

Over the past few months, I’ve had the honor of guest posting on a few awesome blogs:


The Creative Penn, Pinterest: A Visual Marketing Tool for Writers and Bloggers: Pinterest is a social network based on imagery, so at first glance, it may not seem like a great marketing tool for writers. But it turns out there’s a bustling community of readers and writers on Pinterest. This post includes concrete tips for using Pinterest as a marketing tool. By the way, Writing Forward is on Pinterest.

Fiction Notes, The Art of Using Literary Devices and Techniques: Literary devices and techniques are tools you can use to give your writing extra depth and layers. Find out how to identify literary devices and techniques and use them to strengthen and enhance your writing.

Novel Publicity, 5 Classic Character Archetypes: You’ll recognize all five of these classic character archetypes, plus you’ll learn how character archetypes fulfill a particular purpose in a story. Archetypes are often confused with stereotypes, but archetypes play a far more significant role.

I hope you enjoy these posts. Keep writing!

Enter to Win a Free Copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises

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Giveaway: 101 Creative Writing Exercises.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises yet, here’s your chance to get one for free.

From today through Wednesday, April 17, Goodreads is hosting a free giveaway of 101 Creative Writing Exercises.

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

Click here to learn more about 101 Creative Writing Exercises

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in, click “Enter to Win” below (after the jump) for your chance to win a copy of 101 Creative Writing Exercises. The contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

101 Creative Writing Exercises by Melissa Donovan

101 Creative Writing Exercises

by Melissa Donovan

Giveaway ends April 17, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Writing Around the Web

Since today’s post is so short, I thought it would be a good time to share a few guest posts I’ve written for other blogs in recent weeks:


The Creative Penn: Pinterest: A Visual Marketing Tool for Writers and Bloggers: Pinterest turned out to be a surprisingly viable marketing tool for me, both as a blogger and as an author. In this post, I share tips and strategies for using Pinterest to market books and blogs.

Fiction Notes: The Art of Using Literary Devices and Techniques: Find out how the study of literary devices and techniques will refine your writing.

Novel Publicity: 5 Classic Character Archetypes: Character archetypes are identifiable by their purpose to a story. Learn about five universal character archetypes and how they enrich a story.

I hope you’ll check out these posts and enter the contest to win a copy of my book. After that, I hope you’ll get back to writing!

April is National Poetry Month

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2013 poster for National Poetry Month by Jessica Helfand.

Today is April 1st. All around the world, people will celebrate today with jokes and pranks. For us writers, April 1st marks a different celebration: a celebration of poetry.

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets as a way to draw attention to poetry. Today, a range of government agencies, leaders, educators, publishers, poets, and arts organizations participate in National Poetry Month.

Whether you read poetry, write poetry, or simply want to show your support to poets and the literary community, April is a great time to get involved.

There are many ways to participate, and we’ll get to those shortly. First, let’s find out what National Poetry Month is all about.

What is National Poetry Month?

The Academy of American Poets describes National Poetry Month as follows:

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.


Let’s Honor Poetry!

There are countless ways you can honor and celebrate poetry throughout the month of April. The Academy of American Poets has suggested 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Here are a few more:

  • Share a poem: send a poem to a loved one (or send one poem a day throughout the month). Write your own poem or share one of your favorites. You can also find poetry online and share it on your website or via social media.
  • Speaking of social media, use it to promote poets, poetry, and National Poetry Month.
  • Check out the poetry writing tag here at Writing Forward, where you’ll find several dozen posts filled with poetry prompts, exercises, resources, and tips.

Here at Writing Forward, we’ll be celebrating National Poetry month with a few new posts on poetry. I’ll also share poetry-related articles via all of our social media accounts throughout the month.

Poetry Writing Cafe

I’ve also set up a Tumblr account called Poetry Writing Cafe, where I’ll be sharing a poem a day in print, audio, and video formats. I’ll also post other poetry-related articles there throughout the month. Like any blog, you can follow Poetry Writing Cafe via RSS.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating National Poetry Month. How will you honor poetry this April?