Writing Prompt: Happiness

happiness-balloonsWhat is happiness? Is it a fleeting moment of pleasure or when things go our way? Is it a consistent feeling that happens everyday without thought? How would you describe your happiness? How is it achieved?

For me, happiness feels more like fleeting moments. In other times, either I’m consumed with what I call life…work, family, and other thoughts or actions that require my attention. When I do feel happy, it’s usually when I’m relaxed and doing something that makes me feel good. Like being able to sleep until my heart’s content and wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. Or sitting in the park writing about the creative and imaginative things that come to mind. It’s even in the times when I travel to new places or experiences encountered. Overall, when I assess the happy moments of my life they have been ones that were the simplest. No huge parade of things. Just time enjoying peace and people who I love and care about.

 What’s your happiness?

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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People watching can be good for your writing!

The idea of people-watching can seem weird, but for a writer it can help with character development. Observing how others interact or respond to different situations can give insight to potential personalities and how they vary in this widespread world. It can also serve as a compass in the sense of gauging how many individuals act or say things in a certain manner. Nothing is worse than to create or read something that is unrealistic or less than truthful. While these may be reasons that I support people-watching for writing, what are yours?

Confessions of a published author


I love people watching, I find it inspires me.  People are so interesting aren’t they? Everyone has a story to tell, and within an airport there are many people and many stories to read.  Travellers coming and going, some for business, some for pleasure.

I’m travelling for work and find myself sitting in the Gordon Ramsey restaurant in Terminal 5 at the Heathrow Airport just watching people.


I can see a man sitting at a table with a young lady.  They’re sharing a bottle of champagne.  He must be in his 60s, her likely in her 20s.  Is she his mistress? Girlfriend? Colleague?  A short while later, he touches her leg, I can see that under the table.  I rule out the colleague.

Everyone has a story.


I get a lot of my ideas for characters from sitting in public places and watching people.  Coffee shops for example are brilliant…

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