Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Story Structure Class Number 1 Transcript

Story structure is something we all feel, but when it comes to defining its parts and how they work to create a sound narrative, the simplicity vanishes. Still, if we are to be able to use structure as a tool … Continue reading

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Story Analysis and Structure Creation in Dramatica Software (video)

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Dramatica Storyforming Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1

Back in the 90’s when Dramatica was the new kid on the block, we published a “Storyforming Newsletter” for a span of time. Here is a link to a PDF version of the very first issue…. Download in PDF (179K) … Continue reading

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Be a StoryWeaver – NOT a Story Mechanic! (audio)

Hear the entire 16 minute program for free in streaming audio: “Be a Story Weaver – NOT a Story Mechanic!” http://storymind.com/content/audio/tips/Be%20a%20Story%20Weaver%20-%20NOT%20a%20Story%20Mechanic.mp3 Hear more free writing tips at Storymind.com

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Writing with the Story Mind (free eBook)

Here’s the first 27 pages of a book in process that I’m writing about the Story Mind concept and how to apply it in your writing. Just thought I’d share it since it may be years before I get around … Continue reading

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Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Approach”

Some of the characters you create as an author will be Do-ers who try to accomplish their purposes through activities (by doing things). Other characters are Be-ers who try to accomplish their purposes by working it out internally (by being … Continue reading

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Origins of the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure

By Melanie Anne Phillips Many people have asked how we came up with the Dramatica Theory. Well, it didn’t happen all at once.   In fact, it was a three year full-time effort, 8 hours a day.  In going through … Continue reading

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