How does your writing charm the reader?


the power or quality of delighting, attracting, or fascinating others.

Today I attended a writing workshop at my local library and had the pleasure of meeting Steven Amsterdam.

He has published a few books which you can check out here:

The interesting thing I found was that his whole workshop was around the word charm.

He discussed with the group what is the charm in our storytelling? How do we charm the reader to keep them engaged? How are our characters charming?

I found this word as a writer to be very insightful, as you can apply it to all aspects of your writing process.

How do you charm in the plot?

– Make your story compelling, surprising and realistic.

How does the character charm the reader?

– Bring the character to life through conflict good or bad.

How do you charm when editing?

– Ask questions while editing to see if the character or plot can take a different journey to charm the reader.

I really liked this approach to the writing process and thought I’d share it with you all.

The word charm will now be in my mind when writing!


The procrastinating writer!

Procrastinate: delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

Is this every writer’s dilemma?

I have been procrastinating a lot lately with my writing. Plotting and planning lots and making lots of excuses to not do what I love which is writing!

Yes, I work full time and am a mum and wife which makes my life hectic but I need to make time to write!

Last year I did a short course through the writer’s center to get my creative juices going but still put off writing another manuscript. After rejection on my first one two years ago, it has been hard to do it again whole heartedly.

However, I am still dreaming about being published and eventually having a bestseller. One positive thing I have been doing during my procrastination is reading lots of books. As all writer’s know, the best thing to do is read to become the best writer.

At the end of the day though you actually have to sit down and write!

I do think though that the universe works in mysterious ways! I have been getting signs that I need to write, it’s like everything to do with writing again is showing me this is what I need to be doing and stop procrastinating.

A few days ago I began listening to my favorite writer’s podcast ‘So you want to be a writer’ and all of a sudden I have the urge to write again. Thanks Allison and Valerie, your podcast inspires me.

I’m now off to write, finally!

My 3 tips on how not to procrastinate as a writer:

1. Plan your writing schedule: put aside time everyday or once a week.

2. Just write: a first draft does not have to be perfect, just get some words down.

3. Why do you want to be a writer? Remember why you have chosen to do this. It will help you see the long term goal.

Some other great posts I found on how to stop procrastinating for writer’s:

7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing

How Writers Can Stop Procrastinating Forever

Link to ‘So you want to be a writer’ podcast:

Wattpad- read & share stories

So what is wattpad?

Wattpad is a community for readers and writers where one can discover new user-generated stories, spanning across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others.

I mentioned a while ago that I had written a short story on wattpad!

My experience a few years ago was that I found it a fun way to push myself to write. I had people asking for the next chapter!

Some people are quite successful and have gone onto becoming published.

Published authors also put works on wattpad for marketing purposes.

I believe it’s a great way to get your writing read and you never know a publisher may just stumble across your works!

Apparently the trick is to only release a chapter a week. Then get a following of people that will be awaiting each installment.

I didn’t get that many followers or reads!! But I did find it fun!

Here is the link to my profile & my story:

Mel’s wattpad

Follow me to read my next wattpad story!

I am planning on uploading a new one shortly!!

Anyone used wattpad? What was your experience?

Please comment below!

What’s your writing goals for 2017?

Hi everyone,

It has been a long time since I have posted on my blog! Apologies, I have been busy with starting a new job last year so my writing has been neglected. 

I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to get back into the swing of things in the new year. So I decided to be committed again to my writing by setting some clear goals. 

How do we set goals? 

  1. Write them down. 
  2. Make them SMART (acronym)

S=specific: what do you want to achieve? E.g: write a first draft of a novel.

M=measurable: how can you measure this? E.g. Writing 120,000 words.

A=actionable: what’s the action you are going to take? E.g. Commit & write 4 times a week.

R=realistic: setting realistic expectations. E.g. Can I write 4 times a week or should it be 3?

T=timebound: setting a end date. E.g. 12 months.

So I wrote down my goals and my first one is to complete a mini course I’ve enrolled in to get back into my writing.

I’ve applied the SMART approach for my first writing goal for 2017! 

  • S= take writing course Jan/Feb 2017.
  • M= assignments due wkly, results & feedback from teacher.
  • A= write/study every Sunday (3-4 hours) 
  • R= this is realistic as have no commitments on Sunday’s. 
  • T= course completed in 6 weeks.

I think this is a great approach in helping you to achieve any goals you have when it comes to your writing. 

However you do need to write them down to make them achievable! 

Some quotes I found on setting goals with writing! 

What are your writing goals?  Please share in comments below! 

The worried writer 

The worried writer 

Hi everyone,

I’ve been a little slack in posting lately! I have been procrastinating with my writing lately and reading lots instead. 

I stumbled across some books by an author ‘Sarah Painter’ and enjoyed them immensely. I then found out that she has a podcast titled ‘The worried writer.’

I wanted to share this with you all as I listened to all of the episodes pretty quickly and have found it to be very inspiring. Especially at this time with my writing.

Lately I’ve been procrastinating with editing my manuscript. I do think all writers have these times when we are not as productive as we would like to be! 

The podcast is one all writers will enjoy as we all are worried writers at times! 

Check it out! 

The worried writer podcast link

Making time to write!

On the weekend I was at my daughter’s Taekwondo class when I happened to chat to a published author about my writing schedule. I am planning on doing a post on his works in my next blog post.

He began asking me questions on when I actually did my writing. I was honest in saying that I didn’t really have a strict schedule.

He quickly reminded me that I needed to make time every day. That he had three time slots he wrote every day, at 5am before he went to work, for 15 minutes at lunchtime while at work and then another hour at night. He then began showing me his daily word counts in a spreadsheet that had all his word counts planned for the upcoming twelve months and what he was achieving.

So this week I decided I would take the plunge and awake at 5am, an hour earlier than I usually do every day. I can’t believe that in three days I have already written 4,000 words.

The method he is using is sprinting.

What is sprinting? It is ensuring you have a rough plan on what you are going to write and then writing as quickly as possible with a timer.

I found a great book and app I can use on my phone to sprint.



What is your writing schedule? 

Do you sprint? 



Fear of writing!

It’s been a while since I have blogged a post! My reason behind this is that I have been very slack with my writing!


Fear of failure has been part of the reason. I think every writer goes through these doubts at times. 

How do I get over this fear?

Obviously I need to write.

Some things that may help me are the following:

1. Stop trying to be a perfectionist 

2. Make time to write everyday 

3. Get over my fear of failure, rejection! 

Here are some quotes I found helpful:


Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Hi everyone,

Today I have the pleasure of having author Kelee Morris guest blog. She has just released her new book Goddess.

Check it out at Amazon:

Here is Kelee:

I’m honored to kick off my Goddess blog tour with a post for writer Melanie Moxon. I love supporting other writers, especially when they’re on the other side of the world. Good luck with your debut novel, Melanie!

Back in my screenwriting days, one of my favorite gurus was Hollywood story consultant Jen Grisanti. Her book Story Line: Finding the Gold in Your Life Story taught me a great deal about locating and utilizing a central dramatic question as the backbone of a story. Now, I don’t believe in formulaic writing where you plug in a some boilerplate structure and out comes your story. But I do find it useful to use structural tools when I’m writing my initial outline and more importantly, when I take the mess I call a first draft and attempt to shape it into a compelling, coherant narrative. To me, it’s like wordworking. If I use the proper tools, it allows my imagination to run wild and results in something beautiful.

One of the key things Jen taught me was to put my main character between a rock and a hard place. That’s particularly useful in writing for television, where Jen does most of her work. In a television episode with a limited amount of time, it forces the writer to stay focused in every scene. While the structure of a romance novel is looser, that focus on a central dramatic question is still vital. Too often I read romance novels that get sidetracked by pointless dialogue and scenes with little connection to the main dilemma. The result is that I often skip ahead to the good stuff. (And I don’t mean the sex!), or I just give up and go on to a more interesting story.

Putting your character between a rock and a hard place means giving her a choice between two alternatives. Each of them has a reward, but each also has serious consequences. Since this post is part of my blog tour for Goddess, allow me to use my book as an example.

Julia Nelson seems to have a perfect, settled life. but when she meets hot archeologist Ashland Stewart, her world is turned upside down. He awakens a sexual longing in her that she’s suppressed since adolescence. If she gets involved with Ashland, the rewards are obvious: hot sex and a chance to explore her inner sensual goddess as represented by the tattoo on her ankle.

But there’s a downside to getting involved with Ashland: her family, the most important thing in her life. If their affair is exposed, she risks losing everything. Her rock and a hard place deilmma becomes even more constricted when Ashland falls in love with her. Being with Ashland means giving up everything she currently has. But what makes this dilemma resonate with readers is the character growth that Julia goes through. In trying to make her choice, Julia learns more about herself and the amazing power that lies inside her. 

Julia fully awakens her inner goddess. She won’t completely resolve her dramatic dilemma until the end of book three of the Goddess trilogy, but how she deals with being between a rock and hard place in book one will define who she is as a character, and give her the tools to deal with all the conflicts that come her way.

Best wishes,


Are you an author or a writer?

What do you call yourself? A writer or author? 

I call myself a writer and an aspiring author. As I don’t believe I am an author until my work is actually published. When my booke are brought in print or electronically and on library shelves. Even though I’m currently writing a story on wattpad and writing this blog! Until I get a book in print or sold online I cannot call myself an author.

Let’s discuss the definitions!  

Writer: a person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Author: a writer of a book, article, or document. “he is the author of several books on the subject”


Feedback as a writer;

The other day I had an acquatance tell me that she loved my writing and would buy my books. I was taken aback because the story I’m writing on wattpad is a very short story, 12 chapters and a first draft. So to me the work is ordinary not amazing as she was saying!     Planning on sharing my wattpad experience in a future blogpost.

I did suddenly feel like maybe I am a good writer! We all have doubts and I’ve set my goals in becoming a published author in the next few years. But I’ve set my expectations low. I know it may take time, so I’m being realistic I believe.

I was happy that they could connect with the characters, picture my scenes and yearning for more. It was a boost to my ego. I then realised though that an editor at a publishing house needs to love it. Will they? I don’t think they would see it as amazing!

Last year when I submitted my first manuscript and it got rejected I got a polite no thanks. Then when I asked for feedback it came back!  It was heartbreaking, but constructive and the editor was honest in areas I needed to improve.  This helped to build up my resilience in a tough industry where all of us writers are dreaming of becoming authors.

“It takes quite a few submissions and rejections before you are published” established authors tell us.  

What’s your thoughts on the subject? Comment below! 

Book review: The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns

Hello everyone,

Been a little slack this week with not posting since last Saturday! 

I have had a very unproductive week with my work and writing due to my daughter getting sick and then me catching her illness.

I wanted to share with you all a fantastic book I haven’t been able to put down. ‘The Patterson Girls’ by Rachael Johns.

This book isn’t one of her usual hot and steamy romances. It is about four sisters that return home for Christmas six months after the death of their mother. They then find out about a family curse which causes chaos in each of their life’s in a different way. Each sister is very different and have secrets of their own that unravel throughout the story.

I could not put this book down and purchased it for a friend for her birthday. I only buy books for others I have read and loved.

What did I like about the book?

I loved each character for each of their different qualities. But my favourite was Abigail, the musician living in London as a violinist. I loved her innocence and it reminded me that life is like a roller coaster, not boring. I could also relate to Madeline, the obstetrician as being a career woman myself. I related to Lucinda as a married woman and Charlie reminded me of when I was in my early twenties. Each character I connected with and loved. 

I didn’t want the story to end! I would highly recommend you check it out! 

Rachael Johns website link:

Here is a harlequin link where you can read a sample chapter and read the full blurb about the book!