Category Archives: Story Development

The 28 Magic Scenes (Part 1 of 3)

Here’s a handy method for converting Dramatica narrative structure into real scenes from which you can actually write your story!  

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How to Structure Your Story’s Theme

By Melanie Anne Phillips Your thematic message (moral of the story) has two sides: the Issue and the Counterpoint. The Issue is the human quality under examination in your story (such as greed) and the Counterpoint is the opposite trait … Continue reading

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Elements of Structure or Art of Storytelling?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Way back in the early 1990s, my writing partner, Chris Huntley, and I published a book on narrative structure entitled, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story. It begins: “Part of what makes a story great is its … Continue reading

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Character Dismissals

By Melanie Anne Phillips Over the course of the story, your reader/audience has come to know your characters and to feel for them. The story doesn’t end when your characters and their relationships reach a climax. Rather, the reader/audience will … Continue reading

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Introducing Characters: First Impressions

By Melanie Anne Phillips When your reader/audience first meets your characters in a story, it has the same effects as when you are introduced to someone in real life. First impressions have a tremendous impact that you can use either … Continue reading

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What Happens in Acts One, Two, and Three?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a good general template for beginning writers that outlines some of the key events and activities that are best addressed in each of your three acts. ACT ONE Act one is about the Set Up. … Continue reading

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Writing with Heroes and Villains

If you are writing with only Heroes and Villains, you are limiting yourself. A Hero is a Main Character who is also a Protagonist. A Villain is an Obstacle Character who is also an Antagonist. What’s the difference between a … Continue reading

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