Posts By: Marie Well

Marie Well

I’m Marie Well, as in healthy well. At least, that’s my aim—to get well and make you well. We all have woes, from breakups to cancer to hoarder houses. I’m here to fix those woes—with tips mixed with my own tales.

Why read me? I’ve got a track record of fixin’ stuff. I’ve cured myself of anxiety. For a decade, I had anxiety attacks that struck almost daily. When not stricken, I’d write Voice articles, mostly on how to combat stress.

And then my world changed. One week went by with no attacks. A month. A year. Two years. And counting.

Now, I want to skyrocket our health—and bolster our creativity. After all, nothing soothes better than strokes of paint or tones of music or reps in a gym.

So, let’s get fit, creative, and well with Marie Well.

The Creative Spark! – Audition for an A

Would you wear a shirt that said, “I Eat Kraft”? I wouldn’t, but I would audition for a No-Name commercial. Even more disturbing, I tapped into a book called How to Audition for TV Commercials by W. L. Jenkins to give you, yes, study ideas. You see, the mission of The Creative Spark! is to… Read more »

The Creative Spark!

A lotto-winner who tosses her winnings into the trash and covers it with dog scats? What if that was you? You might not know how that person feels, but you’ve felt burdened before, haven’t you? We all have. When writing stories, your own feelings and experiences can breathe life into characters you normally wouldn’t understand…. Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Comedy Sketch Group-Work

Does group-work make you book a brain scan? Well, make a group comedy sketch instead. Joe Topylin and I will show the way. Why waste your time on comedy? First, It’s fun. Second, It’s fun. And if fun isn’t enough, then how about a snickering prof? One teetering to plus-sign your A? So, instead of… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Open Up and Say “Ah..”

It’s time students wrote intros that entertained. Not just a quote, an anecdote, or a shocking stat of an A performance by Bieber. If you open a speech like that, don’t act the ham. No-one may laugh. (Cough.) Instead, sport a straight-face. Or better yet, learn 101 Ways to Open a Speech by Brad Philips…. Read more »

The Creative Spark! – Recipe for a Spinach Metaphor Smoothie

“The Voice Magazine, a daydreamer’s read, each link clicked like the slow hand of a clock, chiming the passing of another regretful school-week.” Did that taste a bit bitter? It should. It’s a spinach metaphor smoothie. And I’m going to show you how to make one. Actually, Pat Pattison’s book Song-Writing without Boundaries will show… Read more »

The Creative Spark! – No Stealin’

I am on a mission. And as long as you continue reading this, I’m taking you with me. I am in the process of concocting a world-class theory. Namely, I want to show how to make essays splashier, yet still astute, with story-like structures. I trust you won’t steal my idea. Confession time: I stole… Read more »

The Creative Spark!

Today, I had hoped to give you some PowerPoint tips. But since PowerPoint doesn’t seem applicable to AU folks in general, I’ll explain parallel presentations with essay-writing?and I’m going to end with a secret about using visuals. These days, PowerPoint presentations are getting facelifts, spearheaded by cutting-edge authors such as Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds…. Read more »

The Creative Spark!

I’m prepping to write part two?the last part? of the comedy articles. But truth be told, I feel down-spirited today, ready to burst into tears. Not a funny bone in my body. You see, an article series I labored over for weeks?my tongue-in-cheek magnum opus?got scrapped without a penny payout. But I face the task… Read more »

The Creative Spark!

Wouldn’t you love to tap into the secrets of professional comedy writing? Well, I want to teach. And as a teacher, I hope to stand at the podium, tell a joke, and cause an uproar of belly laughter to break the student?teacher ice. I also want to study, and as a student, I hope to… Read more »

The Fit Student – Nothing to Worry About.

Whatever you do, don’t worry about anything, remarks Karl Pillemer in his book 30 Lessons for Loving: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. This advice stems from interviews with thousands of seniors nearing the end of their lives. As an aside, recently I saw a clip of a man who had a near… Read more »