Category Archives: Narrative Science

What Is Truth? (The Character’s Dilemma)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Characters reflect real people in a purified or idealized state.  And so, we can see in them qualities and traits that are hard to see within ourselves.  One of the most difficult challenges we face every … Continue reading

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Character Justifications

By Melanie Anne Phillips Problem solving tries to resolve an issue.  But if there is an obstacle to a solution, the process of justification tries to find a way around.  Sometimes characters get so wrapped up in the attempt to … Continue reading

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Narrative & Politics

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narratives are constantly at work in the real world, in business, social movements, and politics. A good example of this is in the nomination and ultimate selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, as follows: There … Continue reading

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What’s On Your Story’s Mind?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Stories have a mind of their own.  And as with people, your story’s mind has different facets. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. … Continue reading

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Narrative Structure and the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narrative works in the real world as accurately and efficiently as it does in fiction.  Not surprising since fictional narrative is nothing more than our attempt to refine and understand how people are driven and how they … Continue reading

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Narrative in a Chaotic World

By Melanie Anne Phillips Even in a chaotic world, the Main Character – be it someone one is talking about or about ourselves as Main Character in our own real world lives – will either be striving to begin something … Continue reading

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What Drives a Main Character?

By Melanie Anne Phillips A story begins when the Main Character has become stuck in the highest level of justification. Nobody gets there because they are stupid or mean. They get there because their unique life experience has brought them repeated … Continue reading

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