Category Archives: Storytelling Tips

Storytelling Tip 8 of 50 – Flashbacks and Flash Forwards

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 8 Flashbacks and Flash Forwards There is a big difference between flashbacks where a character reminisces and flashbacks that simply transport an audience to … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 7 of 50 – “Out of Sequence Experiences”

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 7 Out of Sequence Experiences (Changing Temporal Relationships) With this technique, the audience is unaware they are being presented things out of order. Such a … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 6 of 50 – “Non-Causality”

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 6 Non-Causality (Out of Context Experiences) There is often a difference between what an audience expects and what logically must happen. A prime example occurs … Continue reading

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Today’s Writing Tip: “Building Size”

Today’s writing tip: You can hold your reader’s or audience’s interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen to be either larger or smaller than it originally appeared. This … Continue reading

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Drop Exposition through Arguments

Here’s a short one… A person talking is often boring. People arguing are often compelling. If you have to drop exposition, try to do it in the back and forth barbs of an argument. Let the characters use the information … Continue reading

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Revealing Your Goal

While the structural nature of a story’s goal is crucial to developing a plot that makes sense, the storytelling manner in which the goal is revealed can determine whether a plot seems clever or pedestrian. In this tip, we’ll explore … Continue reading

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Multi-Appreciation Moments

The great masters of plot create dramatic moments that multi-task. For example, a novice writer might reveal the story’s goal in a line of dialog, but a master storyteller might reveal it in such a way as to also add … Continue reading

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Writing with Flashbacks and Flash Forwards

There is a big difference between flashbacks where a character reminisces and flashbacks that simply transport an audience to an earlier time. If the characters are aware of the time shift, it affects their thinking, and is therefore part of … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip: Out of Sequence Experiences

With this technique, the audience is unaware they are being presented things out of order. Such a story is the motion picture, Betrayal, with Ben Kingsley. The story opens and plays through the first act. We come to determine whom … Continue reading

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Story Development Tip: “Non-Causality”

Interest in your story can be amped up by creating a difference between what an audience is led to expect and what actually happens. A prime example occurs in the Laurel and Hardy film, The Music Box. Stan and Ollie are piano … Continue reading

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