In Society we can feel so alone. There is a place we can go to that makes us feel safe. For most of us it is not physical, but can feel so real we don't want to leave it. We find ourselves getting lost in the walls we have built for our safety.The greatest moments (and normally the scariest) are when we can let someone into our sanctuaries.Take a look through my stained glass past the masquerade at midnight.These are the inside of my walls. I just pray they move you to build your own Stained Glass Windows inside your sanctuaries. Follow MelodyAWriter on Twitter
Sometimes all the hope you have in the world lies in a good cup of #tea and a familiar book. #writer #bigelowtea #GiveUsThisDay #Relax

Sometimes all the hope you have in the world lies in a good cup of #tea and a familiar book. #writer #bigelowtea #GiveUsThisDay #Relax

I think I’ve been in #Florida to long. I’m more #Hipster than ever and I’m temperature challenged. #FloridaGirl

I think I’ve been in #Florida to long. I’m more #Hipster than ever and I’m temperature challenged. #FloridaGirl

🎶Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans and miss it each night and day🎶 8/29 #Katrina #Nola

🎶Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans and miss it each night and day🎶 8/29 #Katrina #Nola

Thanks @elitedaily for the reminder that it’s ok to give into the #madness. #LongLiveUs ✌️🎶

Thanks @elitedaily for the reminder that it’s ok to give into the #madness. #LongLiveUs ✌️🎶

Just another evening of writing with my favorite cup of tea. #bigelowtea #storyteller #hipster ✒️☕️🎶

Just another evening of writing with my favorite cup of tea. #bigelowtea #storyteller #hipster ✒️☕️🎶

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Aftermath

Quarter-Life Crisis: The Aftermath - Somewhere along the way, I became less desperate in my pursuit of happiness. I had finally arrived.

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Around this time last year, my life was filled with uncertainty. The Quarter-Life Crisis was hitting me hard. I didn’t know what 25 was going to have in store for me. The only thing I was certain of was that it was going to come to pass, whether I was ready for another year in this Masquerade or not.

In very small ways, I began to make big decisions, and world around me finally began to reflect…

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Today is one of those moments that make a person who they are. I am alive, I am loved, and I am beautiful. I am blessed to be all these things and feel them from head to toe because of the wonderful people in my life, and the choice I made a year ago to believe in them. I’ve had the greatest year of my life in this  #Masquerade and here’s to many more with all of you! 😘🎉✨🎶 #twlohaxtkg #ChasersoftheLight @twloha @tylerknott  #writerlife #HappyBirthday #26

Today is one of those moments that make a person who they are. I am alive, I am loved, and I am beautiful. I am blessed to be all these things and feel them from head to toe because of the wonderful people in my life, and the choice I made a year ago to believe in them. I’ve had the greatest year of my life in this #Masquerade and here’s to many more with all of you! 😘🎉✨🎶 #twlohaxtkg #ChasersoftheLight @twloha @tylerknott #writerlife #HappyBirthday #26

You’re never to old to rock out! Even if you have to sit in the old lady seats ✌️#htlive #monumenttour #falloutboy #paramore

You’re never to old to rock out! Even if you have to sit in the old lady seats ✌️#htlive #monumenttour #falloutboy #paramore

My Favorite Things About Social Fresh East 2014

Storytellers, here are a few of my favorite things from Social Fresh East 2014:

Social-Fresh-East-2014I had an amazing opportunity last week to attend the best social media conference, Social Fresh East! It was an incredible mesh of people coming together based on their belief in the power of digital storytelling. I left the event last week with some great insight – and motivation – on how to be a better content marketer, writer, and most of all doer.
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There’s nothing like starting my morning off right with one of my favorite #bigelow #tea flavors in less than 4 minutes. #keurig #kcup

There’s nothing like starting my morning off right with one of my favorite #bigelow #tea flavors in less than 4 minutes. #keurig #kcup

I’m missing #SocialFresh today. At least I’m feeling motivated from such an inspiring event. ✒️📒📱💻

I’m missing #SocialFresh today. At least I’m feeling motivated from such an inspiring event. ✒️📒📱💻

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The struggles of a #writer.

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Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

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4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

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You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
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SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:
You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!
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SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:
You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!
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Awesome people, doing awesome things. #WritersUnite
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SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:
You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!
Hey, everyone, check it out!

Awesome people, doing awesome things. #WritersUnite
  • writeworld:

characterandwritinghelp:


SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:
You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!
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Awesome people, doing awesome things. #WritersUnite
  • writeworld:

characterandwritinghelp:


SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.
Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan
This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.
Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.
Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.
Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.
All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:
You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.
We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.
Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!
Hey, everyone, check it out!

Awesome people, doing awesome things. #WritersUnite

writeworld:

characterandwritinghelp:

SO HERE IS THE DEAL

Characterandwritinghelp recently crossed the 4000 follower benchmark! Because this is awesome, we thought we would do something awesome for all of you!

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME PRIZES

4000 followers means 4 different prizes. Prizes will be assigned at random to winners, and winners can only win one prize.

Prize 1: The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Exercising the “Write” Side of Your Brain booklet and box set, by Jamie Cat Callan

This box contains a booklet full of exercises to jumpstart your creativity, as well as a bunch of writing exercise prompts and creative boosters. Inside, you will find games, ideas, starters, and more to help you punch writer’s block right in its ugly face.

Prize 2: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

This is the book that Headless keeps under his pillow keeps talking about. Master Plots breaks down 20 time-honored and well-established plot archetypes with examples from TV, film, theater, and more to give you a greater understanding of how they work, and how you can effectively use them in your own stories.

Prize 3: A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide to well-worn character archetypes, and includes lessons and questionnaires to help you in your own work. The book draws examples from films and novels to help illustrate different aspects of characterization, and will give you all the help you’ll need to create dynamic character arcs.

Prize 4: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

This book covers a variety of different character types, breaking each one into smaller bits of archetypes and character journeys to demonstrate how they work. Creating complex characters and the arcs that make them work will be a piece of cake from here on out.

All four winners will also receive a handwritten card of writer’s encouragement, along with a NaNoWriMo “I Novel” sticker.

SAVE THE DATE

The giveaway begins today, July 1st, and ends on July 7th. Four winners will be announced and contacted on July 8th, so keep your ask boxes open and an eye out for a congratulatory message from one of us.

ENOUGH OF THAT, I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING HOW TO WIN

Here’s the fine print:

  • You must be following our super-awesome blog, characterandwritinghelp. If you are seeing this post, odds are you already do. If not—we are pretty cool people and you should check us out.
  • Like and reblog this post! Both likes and reblogs count as entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter, but be kind to your followers.
  • Anyone in the world can enter! We will cover the shipping.

We will be using a random selector to pick the winner, and winners must be willing to provide us with their address. If we announce and contact a winner and receive no response after 48 hours, we will choose another winner.

Sound good? Get sharing! We love you!

What is this magical business?!

Hey, everyone, check it out!

Awesome people, doing awesome things. #WritersUnite

There’s so much I had hope would be done by now, but it just feels like more keeps getting added as the year carries on. Completing one project at a time, in the name of productivity/priorities, has put some of my best ideas on the back burner. I know their time will come, and I’m grateful for the fresh creativity that flows out of my work. The year might be halfway over, but my dreams are still going strong. This is going to be a big year for this storyteller, and I’m grateful for the tools that will make it happen.

There’s so much I had hope would be done by now, but it just feels like more keeps getting added as the year carries on. Completing one project at a time, in the name of productivity/priorities, has put some of my best ideas on the back burner. I know their time will come, and I’m grateful for the fresh creativity that flows out of my work.

The year might be halfway over, but my dreams are still going strong. This is going to be a big year for this storyteller, and I’m grateful for the tools that will make it happen.

Welcome to the #writer’s desk. ✒️ #starbucks

Welcome to the #writer’s desk. ✒️ #starbucks