Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

On Writing, On Wednesday: The Very First Word

Posted by melissa kandel on March 6, 2019 in On Writing | 1 Comment

This is stupid. That’s the first thing I thought when the idea came to me to write about writing, which seemed no different from a balloon maker noodling up a poodle figurine at a circus side show and instead of selling it to the five-year-old cotton-candy-eater who wants one, telling the kid exactly how the […]

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Writer’s Life

Posted by melissa kandel on February 21, 2019 in On Writing | 1 Comment

Hi. Today is my birthday and I’m spending it working (mostly) and picking up an ice cream giveaway gift card for a charity event I’m organizing this Saturday, so that’s pretty interesting. Anyway, in re-reading some older posts on writing last night, one stuck out in my mind. As I depart for the dreary sameness […]

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Creative Sources of Inspiration

Posted by melissa kandel on February 20, 2019 in On Writing | 3 Comments

A brief discussion on sources of creative inspiration.

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To Communicate in Kind

Posted by melissa kandel on January 17, 2019 in business journey | 1 Comment

This post first ran on Forbes.com. To read the original article, click here. “I think everybody should like everybody.” Andy Warhol Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, recently made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards to announce Givenchy Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller as Womenswear Designer of the Year. Among a bevy of high-profile […]

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The One Where I Wrote A Magazine

Posted by melissa kandel on December 28, 2018 in entertainment, Magazine | 1 Comment

Well, yes. I am back to blogging, in case last week’s little holiday story didn’t tip you off to the (hopefully?) good news. So, here I am with more news. In the hiatus, I was still writing, and I wanted to share with you what that writing became, which is an 80-page magazine called West […]

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My Five Worst Writing Habits (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Posted by melissa kandel on April 10, 2018 in On Writing | 5 Comments

[This post was originally published a few months ago but I wanted to resurrect it because (if you couldn’t tell) I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump and thought it best to revisit my bad habits in order to create some good ones.]  There’s a troubling dichotomy that exists in the mind of […]

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Forbes and the Business of Storytelling

Posted by melissa kandel on March 5, 2018 in On Writing | 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, I received word I was selected to be a member of the 2018 Forbes Communications Council. It was a huge honor and a bit of a dream-come-true moment for me, so I figured I should probably repost my first Forbes.com article right here for all of you to read. You’ve stuck […]

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They Call Me a Narcissist

Posted by melissa kandel on February 4, 2018 in Personal | 22 Comments

I almost didn’t write this post. I almost didn’t hit the “publish” button and almost let these words disappear into lost-prose obscurity. Then I thought, “no.” I told myself to do it. Others out there might be having these same doubts, my inner monologue said. Others may too be dealing with a stranger who comments […]

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Whale-Talk

Posted by melissa kandel on November 20, 2017 in Fiction | 4 Comments

Yosemite My name is Yosemite. I’m five feet, six inches tall with a reddish tint to my hair, a long beard that I never comb and green-blue eyes that are noticeably two different sizes. I only shower on Thursdays, smoke at least five cigarettes a day and eat my cereal each morning with cinnamon whiskey […]

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Letters of Inspiration: II

Posted by melissa kandel on November 3, 2017 in Letters of Inspiration | 2 Comments

August 15, 2017 Hi Melissa, See, now that’s inspiring. Instead of ‘just’ an interview, letting people in on (excerpts of) our personal emails. Brilliant. I actually think back-and-forth emailing is the best thing about working with other creatives and it’s a shame it never sees the light of day (i.e. gets shared on blog or […]

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