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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Stoller

Three Tips From Melissa Stoller

This post was first published on Dani Duck's Spring Into Writing blog.

Thanks for inviting me to be a guest blogger for this writing challenge, Dani!

Today, I’m offering some writing magic motivation for this month and into the future. Here are three tips to help bring some spellbinding creativity into your writing world:


Find captivating ideas wherever you are: in your neighborhood, at the library, from your family, in photos you take, from your pet, through the news, and in nature. Eavesdrop on conversations. And remember to take notes! Ideas are everywhere – find ways to chase and embrace them.


Go to the bookstore or library and choose five books to read in a variety of genres. Then choose five more. The more you read the more you will be inspired with fascinating ideas and charming language and imagery.


When you feel ready, or even if you don’t quite yet, just write.

Here are a few prompts to get you started:

a. Visual prompt: choose an illustration, photo, or video and write a story surrounding that image.

b. Emotion prompt: think about a time when you were happy, sad, surprised, disappointed, or angry. Write a scene featuring that emotion.

c. Note cards prompt: write down ten types of characters, ten objects, and ten situations (such as a ghost, a magic wand, and getting lost). Pick one card from each pile and write a story using those words.

I hope these tips help you bring the magic each time you write. And as I write, when I personalize my chapter books, “May all your adventures be enchanting.”


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