Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

The StoryWeaver Method – Step 2

The StoryWeaver Method is a step by step approach to developing your novel or screenplay. StoryWeaver will help you create your story’s world, who’s in it, what happens to them, and what it all means. The StoryWeaver Method ~ Step … Continue reading

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Create a Story “Focus”

If your story’s underlying or central problem is seen as a disease, the solution would be the cure. The “Focus”, however, is the principal symptom. Since the symptoms of a disease are often more apparent than the disease itself, the … Continue reading

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Four Facets of the Story Mind

One of the unique concepts that sets the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure apart from all other story paradigms is the assertion that every complete story is a model of the mind’s problem solving process. This Story Mind does not … Continue reading

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Essential Perspectives in Your Story’s Structure

All meaning comes from perspective – putting things in context. And perspective is created by the combination of what you are looking at and where you are looking from. Change the object of your intention and perspective is altered. Shift … Continue reading

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The Cardinal Rule of Storytelling

You probably know someone who can take a bad joke and tell it so well that you are rolling on the floor. And you probably know someone who can’t tell a joke to save their life, even if the joke … Continue reading

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A Story’s Four Essential Throughlines

Imagine a story’s structure as a war and the Main Character as a soldier making his way across the field of battle. Suddenly, through the smoke of dramatic explosions he spies a murky figure standing right in his path. In … Continue reading

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Mentors, Guardians, Obstacles & Star Wars

Here’s an unusual situation where both Chris and myself independently answered the same question from a writer. Comparing our two replies is both interesting and also sheds light on two different ways of looking at the same central story structure … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Cognitive Modeling

Recently, an associate suggested a tie-in between cognitive modeling of cultural storytelling preferences and Dramatica that might, someday, provide guidelines for “writing the next Star Wars.” This, for me, opened the whole discussion regarding the relationship between story structure and … Continue reading

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The StoryWeaver Method – Step 1

The StoryWeaver Method is a step by step approach to developing your novel or screenplay. StoryWeaver will help you create your story’s world, who’s in it, what happens to them, and what it all means. The StoryWeaver Method ~ Step … Continue reading

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Enough Theory! How Does Dramatica Work on REAL Stories?!

From a Dramaticapedia reader: Your blogs seem to be always in the abstract. Let’s see something about a successful story in the real world.    I would love to see a Dramatica setup for real stories that have been successful. My … Continue reading

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