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—Five Best Sounds for Students

As an AU student, do you ever write anything that needs to be spoken? Communications students surely do.  But you might, too.  This is where you might find euphonics useful.  What are these creatures of verbal delight? According to Rayne Hall, euphonics are “certain sounds [that] have certain effects on the psyche.  By using words… Read more »

Scholar, Start Your Business—Learn How to Negotiate Like a Powerhouse

Which negotiation strategies are most successful?  Whether you’re a student or business owner, you gain when you negotiate.  Want a higher grade?  An extension on your assignment?  A sale of your textbook?  Ah, negotiation can come in handy. Steve Mariotti (2014) says, “Negotiation is about compromise, not about winning.  Compromise is sacrificing something you want… Read more »

The Creative Spark—How to Improve a Plot in 60 Minutes

How do you improve a plot? You can do magic with just a few touch ups, taking a mediocre plot and grooming it into a spectacular story. Tip #1: Show what good guys and bad guys have in common.  “Create a layer of emotional depth by connecting the protagonist (the [main character (MC)]) and the… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Nine Stages of Character

Can people really change? Yes, themselves, but not others. Fear holds us down.  So, when fear strikes, we must rise above.  If not, we could tumble down the darker side of human nature.  We could slide into despair.  We could lose grasp of how to cope, and we could spin toward a tragic ending. But… Read more »

The Creative Spark!—Five Tips for Musical Writing

You don’t have to be Beyoncé to sound musical.  Stephen King sounds musical, and I’d guess he doesn’t sing.  You just need a smoking hot pen.  And a few literary tools.  Fortunately, Rayne Hall has just the toolbox you might be looking for. Tip #1: Too much alliteration sounds like alligators: shocking. According to author… Read more »