Category Archives: Story Development

Get Into Your Characters’ Heads

One of the most powerful opportunities of the novel format is the ability to describe what a character is thinking. In movies or stage plays (with exceptions) you must show what the character is thinking through action and/or dialog. But … Continue reading

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Finding an Idea for a Theme

Every story benefits from a theme – a concept of life that is explored over the course of the narrative. Finding a theme of interest to you as an author is easier than you think.  In this age of social … Continue reading

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4 Writing Tips for Novelists

1. 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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Know Your Story Points: Overall Story Domain

Excerpted from our Dramatica Story Structuring Software: Every story is set against the issues which arise from a single problem.  The problem itself will fall into one of four broad categories.  If you want the problem to grow out of … Continue reading

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Four Useful Plot Points

From our StoryWeaver Software: Plot Points There is a multitude of plot points, but among these, four are the most visible: 1. Goal 2. Personal Goals 3. Requirements 4. Consequences THE GOAL The Goal is what the Protagonist is trying … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach Writing When You Speak In Jargon?

I recently received the following note as a response to the writing tips newsletter I publish: How do you think you going to learn how to be a teacher when you talk in jargon? What is structure? What is a protagonist? … Continue reading

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Story Analysis and Structure Creation in Dramatica Software (video)

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Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Approach”

This article is excerpted from Dramatica Story Structuring Software. Some of the characters you create as an author will be Do-ers who try to accomplish their purposes through activities (by doing things). Other characters are Be-ers who try to accomplish … Continue reading

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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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