Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Writing from the Subconscious

If you know how to tap into it,  your subconscious mind can infuse your story with more depth and meaning than you are consciously aware. As an example, here is a short poem I recently completed, followed by a creative … Continue reading

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Does Story Structure Exist?

Story Structure | Part of an ongoing series Welcome to our new series that explores the elements of story structure and describes how they work together to form a framework for your story. We begin with a fundamental question: Does … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step By Step

Step 1 | Introducing a new approach to story development For most authors, the hardest part of writing is the raw invention needed to come up with an intriguing plot, compelling characters, a meaningful theme, and an involving genre. Once … Continue reading

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Welcome to StoryWeaver

Welcome to StoryWeaver – your step by step path to a completed novel, screenplay, or other narrative manuscript. StoryWeaver is so named because it employs a technique for drawing story threads from your original concept much as a weaver might … Continue reading

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Developing Your Characters’ Points Of View

Although you have a clear plot that you have created from the position of author, it is going to look quite different to each of your characters, depending on their particular situation and tempered by where they are coming from … Continue reading

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Write Down Your Stories…

Write down your stories.  Each of us has a life experience no other human being will ever have.  If we sift through that to find the nugget moments, we can share unique and wonderful perspectives. Maybe each contribution to the … Continue reading

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Is Your Antagonist Also Your Influence Character?

The Antagonist and the Influence Character do two different things, but both of those jobs can be given to the same person in your story. The Antagonist fights against the Protagonist over the goal; The Influence Character fights against the … Continue reading

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Characters Are Not Real People

Characters are not real people: they represent types of people.  Rather than creating characters from scratch or based on an individual, fashion them on the personality types you encounter every day. Build characters step by step with StoryWeaver

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The Influence Character

Every writer knows a story needs a protagonist and an antagonist who battle over the goal, but equally important are the main and influence characters who battle over the message. Typically, writers recognize that their plot would have no tension … Continue reading

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Characters Have Two Jobs

Characters have two jobs. One, they must respond as real people so we can identify with them. Two, they must function as part of your plot to they contribute to the message. Characters who don’t ring true drop your readers … Continue reading

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