Category Archives: General Tips

Get Out Of My Head!!! (A Tip for Writers)

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, Write Your Novel Step By Step.  Click the link to read it free on my web site. In this step, we’ll  explore how to clear your mental decks to make room … Continue reading

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There are Many Kinds of Endings

A character might change and resolve their personal angst, yet fail in their quest as a result. Was it worth it? Depends on the degree of angst and the size of the failure. Another character might not resolve their angst; … 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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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks!

Read my new eBook, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks!, for free at http://storymind.com/articles/page11.htm About the book – It’s not just what you say but how you say it. These fifty powerful and immediately useful “sure-fire” tips, tricks and techniques will super charge … Continue reading

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Does your story suffer from “Multiple Personality Disorder?”

In psychology, Multiple Personality Disorder describes a person who has more than one complete personality. Typically, only one of those personalities will be active at any given time. This is because they usually share attributes, and so only one can … Continue reading

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A Novelist’s Bag of Tricks

  Novels Aren’t Stories A novel can be extremely free form. Some are simply narratives about a fictional experience. Others are a collection of several stories that may or may not be intertwined. Jerzy N. Kosinski (the author of “Being … Continue reading

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A Screenwriter’s Bag of Tricks

Most of our writing tips focus on the creation of a sound story, regardless of the medium in which you are working. But since the writing of screenplays has its own unique restrictions, requirements, and opportunities, we thought it might … Continue reading

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