Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks | Number 1

Trick 1 Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen to be either larger or smaller than it originally appeared. … Continue reading

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The Structure of Plot

Story Structure | The Structure of Plot Most authors think of plot as what their story is about. And beyond that, they recognize key events and turning points in the story that are part of plot as well. That’s a … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Genre Trap

A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often find themselves boxed-in creatively. They become snared in the Genre … Continue reading

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Story Structure Ruins Everything!

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What’s Your Novel About?

What’s Your Novel About? This might seem an easy question to answer because you’ve been thinking about your story quite a bit and know the essence of what you want it to be pretty well. Yet if a friend asks … Continue reading

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Character Development Tricks!

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How Did Structure End Up In Stories?

Story Structure | How Did Structure End Up In Stories? In previous installments of this series, we’ve looked into where story structure came from and what it really represents.  In this segment we’ll explore how structure ended up in stories … Continue reading

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The Sunday Section

The Sunday section, in which I take a break each week from teaching creative writing to share some of my own work. “Verbatim” Have you ever wished you had something to say to open the heart or capture the day. … Continue reading

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The Sunday Section

In this week’s Sunday section, I share a poem born of the frustrations from thirty years of teaching creative writing while trying to give due to my own efforts as well… “Verbatim” Have you ever wished you had something to … Continue reading

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Where Does Story Structure Come From?

Story Structure | Where Does Story Structure Come From? In previous installments of this series, we’ve determined that stories do, in fact have structure.  And, we explored how each story’s structure is something of a map that shows us how … Continue reading

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