Category Archives: Story Development

Jurassic Park: Building A Better Dinosaur!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a flashback article from the early days of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure back in the mid 1990s.  It is the first article I wrote in a series of “Constructive Criticisms” in which I … Continue reading

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Plot Order vs. Exposition Order

By Melanie Anne Phillips The order in which events occur in a finished novel is not necessarily in which those events occurred to the characters.  In movies, for example, the story might open with a scene in the present, then put … Continue reading

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StoryWeaver and the Author’s Journey

By Melanie Anne Phillips Introduction to StoryWeaver StoryWeaver is a new method of story development with a revolutionary approach.  Rather that focusing on what stories need to be complete, it focuses on what authors need to complete stories. Other methods look … Continue reading

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Character Development Tricks!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Although it is possible to write without the use of characters, it is not easy. Characters represent our drives, our essential human qualities. So a story without characters would be a story that did not describe … Continue reading

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Genre – Act by Act

By Melanie Anne Phillips Many writers have a misconception that genre is something you “write in” – like a box. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Genre is the overall personality of a story, created through structural and storytelling elements … Continue reading

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Creating Characters from Scratch

By Melanie Anne Phillips   In this article, we’ll first take a quick look at the origins of the concept of fictional characters, then outline some practical techniques for creating compelling characters from thin air.   Where Do Characters Come … Continue reading

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“Things” as Characters

By Melanie Anne Phillips Can things be characters? A writer asks: “My favorite creative writing book is ‘Setting’ by Jack Bickham. Use of setting as primary with characters, plot, theme, mood, etc derived from it and interacting with it seems … Continue reading

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