Category Archives: Creative Writing

Need inspiration or a cure for writer’s block? You’ll find it here. This category focuses on the creative process from organizing your writing time to developing your ideas and finding your author’s voice.

Browse through the list or use the search box at the top of the page to find just what you are looking for, and may the Muse be with you!

Plot Requirements

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 42 Plot Requirements The success or failure in achieving the goal is an important but short moment at the end of the story. So how is interest maintained … Continue reading

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Storytelling Trick 2 – Red Herrings (Changing Importance)

Red herrings are designed to make something appear more or less important than it really is. Several good examples of this technique can be found in the motion picture The Fugitive. In one scene a police car flashes its lights and … Continue reading

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Storytelling Trick 1 – Building Size (Changing Scope)

 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Creator StoryWeaver, Co-creator Dramatica 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 … Continue reading

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Overcoming Habits

Useful for characters, writers and anyone: It is extremely difficult to overcome a habit in one’s mind before one acts upon it. Those who try to change engage in a terrible inner fight in the internal realm. Further, whenever one … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Thematic Topic

Write Your Novel Step By Step Step 27 – Your Thematic Topic In this step, you’ll explore how a thematic topic provides the glue to hold your characters, plot and theme together. Then, you’ll identify the best candidates for a … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Genre Trap

Read it here for free or Get it on Kindle for $0.99 Introduction 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 … Continue reading

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Your Story As A Person

Is your story a good enough conversationalist, or does it need to go back to finishing school with another draft before it is ready for prime time? You have days, months, perhaps even years to prepare your story to exude … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step By Step – Now in Paperback and for Kindle!

Our newest book from Storymind Press – Write Your Novel Step By Step – is now available in paperback on for Kindle.  Click the book for complete details:

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Be a Story Weaver (Part 4)

Excerpted from the book, Be a Story Weaver – NOT a Story Mechanic! Don’t Try To Be Shakespeare – He Didn’t! Shakespeare just wrote as himself, and you should too. While trying to emulate another famous writer can be useful as … Continue reading

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Be a Story Weaver (Part 3)

Excerpted from the book, Be a Story Weaver – NOT a Story Mechanic! Story Structure for Passionate Writers We all know that a story needs a sound structure. But no one reads a book or goes to a movie to … Continue reading

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