Melissa Donovan

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

Melissa started writing poetry and song lyrics at thirteen. Shortly thereafter, she began journaling. She 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.

Blogging is one of Melissa’s favorite writing passions, along with fiction and poetry. In 2007, she launched Writing Forward, a block packed with creative writing tips and ideas. Melissa is the author of 101 Creative Writing Exercises and is currently working on the follow-up book in her Adventures in Writing series.

Where to find Melissa Donovan online

Uma Luma Goes to the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015 by Melissa Donovan. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
Uma Luma can’t fall asleep. Every night, she lies in bed staring at the ceiling. Uma is getting groggier and grumpier every day. She even falls asleep in school! All Uma Luma wants is a good night’s rest. Then a special visitor arrives and takes Uma Luma on a marvelous adventure.


The Storyteller's Toolbox
Tools, techniques, and best practices for storytellers. Learn the basic building blocks of storytelling. Then strengthen your expertise with storytelling exercises. Finally, get your own stories underway with a collection of story starters designed to light your imagination on fire.


Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing
Series: Adventures in Writing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,870. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing takes you on a tour through various forms of writing, tools of the trade, creativity techniques, and practical tips for writing, plus plenty of writing projects and activities to explore as you tone your writing muscles. Written for hobbyists and aspiring professionals alike, Ready, Set, Write is ideal for young and new new writers.
Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises
Series: The Storyteller's Toolbox. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,240. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Story Drills is packed with fundamental storytelling concepts and comprehensive writing exercises that will strengthen your storytelling skills. You’ll learn the elements, principles, and techniques of storytelling; gain experience through writing practice; and get questions for further contemplation that will lead to a deeper understanding of the craft.
What's the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing
Series: The Storyteller's Toolbox. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,380. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Storytellers parses the elements that work together to form a story, fostering a broader and deeper understanding of stories, what they are made of, and how they are developed.
Engineered Underground
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,080. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Engineered Underground is the first book in the Metamorphosis series, a science-fiction story packed with action, mystery, and military intrigue. It’s also a real-world superhero origin story!
1200 Creative Writing Prompts (Adventures in Writing)
Series: Adventures in Writing. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Perfect for writers who are feeling uninspired or who simply want to tackle a new writing challenge, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts has something for everyone. Whether you write fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, you’ll find plenty of fresh ideas inside this book. The fiction prompts cover a range of genres, including li
10 Core Practices for Better Writing (Adventures in Writing)
Series: Adventures in Writing. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,700. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
By adopting simple but effective habits that strengthen your writing skills, you will master the craft of writing. All it takes is dedication and self-discipline. Each of the 10 practices in this book grow your skills and promote excellence in your writing. Writing is an adventure that lasts a lifetime. Start your journey toward better writing today.
101 Creative Writing Exercises (Adventures in Writing)
Series: Adventures in Writing. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,510. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
101 Creative Writing Exercises takes you on an adventure through the world of creative writing. Packed with fun and practical tools, techniques, and writing ideas, this book will motivate and inspire you.