Welcome to Writing Forward

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 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, copywriter, professional blogger, and writing coach.

Her 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 several books on the craft of writing, including 101 Creative Writing Exercises, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, and 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. She is currently working on the Writer’s Toolbox series, which includes What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing and Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

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 via Net Neutrality.

Writing Coach

I offer mentoring for bloggers and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction.

Coaching is flexible and tailored to your goals and skill level. Whether you want to develop a novel, structure a manuscript, or write blog posts that will draw readers to your website and keep them there, I can help.


Author Websites

Every author needs a professional website, a place where readers can learn about the author and their works.

I can build a fresh website for you — one that matches your style and tone. From there, I can hand it off to you, or I can continue to manage it for you so you can focus on your writing. I also offer coaching so you can learn how to manage your own website.

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is ideal for writers who need feedback in the early stages of story development with a focus on plot, characterization, setting, theme, and structure.

If you’ve got an outline or a rough draft and want to shape it into a rich, compelling story, I can help.

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