Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Your Story’s Ending: Success or Failure?

A story without a clear indication of success or failure is a failure with your readers or audience. You need to work out exactly how the audience will know the goal is achieved or not. This might seem obvious in … Continue reading

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Weekend Writing Workshop – Create Log Lines For Your Characters

Welcome to our new series designed to focus on one practical way to improve your story each weekend. This week, try coming up with a log line for each of your characters. A log line is a one-sentence description of … Continue reading

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How to Create a Powerful Thematic Message

Your thematic message (moral of the story) has two sides: the Point and the Counterpoint. The Point is the human quality under examination in your story (such as greed) and the Counterpoint is the opposite trait (such as Generosity), presented … Continue reading

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Character Likes and Dislikes

“Snakes… Why did it have to be snakes….???” What a character likes and dislikes takes the curse of its larger than life stature. Whether you are writing a novel, play, screenplay, or teleplay, your characters loom in the hearts and … Continue reading

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How To Create Archetypal Characters

Archetypal characters have a bad name.  Many writers think such characters are two-dimensional stick figures that come off more like plot robots than real people.  But the truth is that archetypes represent essential human qualities that need to be explored … Continue reading

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StoryWeaving – Getting Started

Step 2 from the more than 200 steps in our StoryWeaver Story Development Software: Getting Started How to get started? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3… 1. Read the instructions on each Story Card (like this one). Sometimes the Story … Continue reading

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Welcome to StoryWeaver

Here’s step 1 in our 200 step StoryWeaver story development software.  Follow the steps and you’ll go from concept to completion of your novel or screenplay.  Look for a new step to be posted each week. Step 1 – Welcome … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name?  Choosing names for your characters can be perfunctory or can provide your readers or audience with insight into your characters’ natures, add humor or surprise, or even at the very least break out of ordinary monikers … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Stereotypes

Coming up with characters can be as simple as looking to our subject matter and asking ourselves who might be expected to be involved.  But that only creates the expected characters – predictable and uninteresting. Building characters that are intriguing, … Continue reading

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Creating Characters in 7 Steps

In this article you’ll discover a technique for drawing characters out of a one-sentence description of your story called a log line. These steps are excerpted from the all-new version 4 of our world-famous StoryWeaver Software that carries you through … Continue reading

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