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Category Archives: Storytelling
You probably know someone who can take a bad joke and tell it so well that you are rolling on the floor. And you probably know someone who can’t tell a joke to save their life, even if the joke … Continue reading
Here’s a handy method for converting Dramatica narrative structure into real scenes from which you can actually write your story!
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
From Melanie Anne Phillips Gathered all my best articles on storytelling techniques onto one web page You’re welcome. Melanie Need personalized story development help? Click below to learn about my story consulting service:
By Melanie Anne Phillips The great masters of plot create dramatic moments that multi-task. For example, a novice writer might reveal the story’s goal in a line of dialog, but a master storyteller might reveal it in such a way … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 5 Building Importance (Changing Impact) In this technique, things not only appear more or less important, but actually become so. This trick was a favorite … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This article is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 4 Message Reversals (Shifting Context to Change Message) When we shift context to create a different message , the structure remains the same, but … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This storytelling trick is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 3 Meaning Reversals (Shifting Context to Change Meaning) Reversals change context. In other words, part of the meaning of anything we consider is due … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick 2: Red Herrings (Changing Importance) Red herrings are designed to make something appear more or less important than it really is. Several good examples of this … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips This writing tip is excerpted from my book, 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! Trick #1: Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by slowly revealing the true size of something over the course of the … Continue reading