Creating a fictional brand

January 11, 2022

This morning in Virtual Writers Group, we did a writing prompt around shoes. This led to a discussion about creating brand names. Often, writers want to use fictional brand names in their writing rather than real ones. This could be due to not wanting to worry about trademark/copyright in their …

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Reading books from the 1930s

January 5, 2022

After Christmas, I spent a few days with my parents. My mum had some boxes of books from her parents and grandparents that she hadn’t gone through yet and we spent a lovely afternoon going through the books. The oldest book we found was from 1872! One gem was a …

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What I’ve Read – December 2021

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year everyone. Can you believe 2022 is here already? I hope you got some fantastic books for Christmas. My kids gave me some new picture books to add to my collection. According to GoodReads, I read 66 books during 20221. That’s only the books that are on GoodReads. …

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Merry Christmas 2021

December 25, 2021

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’re having a quiet day at home. My boys and I had our Christmas celebrations yesterday, and today I’m watching daggy Christmas movies and building the Lego typewriter I got for my birthday back in October! I hope you’re …

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When you’re not focusing on the words…

December 21, 2021

Since lockdowns started in early 2020, I have been running Virtual Writers Groups for young writers. I’ve been setting them a writing prompt, then write along with the kids. During the session, I’ve been handwriting the stories in notebooks left over from when my kids were in school. I ripped …

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How does Santa enter if you don’t have a chimney?

December 17, 2021

Even when I was a kid, I wondered how Santa would get into houses that didn’t have a chimney. I know that our house didn’t have one… A couple of years ago, Adrian Darakai recorded a song called Santa, We Have Ducted Heating. This inspired one of my favourite writing prompts: …

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover