Category Archives: Storytelling

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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All My Best Articles on Storytelling on One Web Page!

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:

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Designing Your Plot with Multi Appreciation Moments

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

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Storytelling Tip 5 of 50 – “Building Importance”

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

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Storytelling Tip 4 of 50 – “Message Reversals”

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

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Storytelling Trick #3 of 50 – “Meaning Reversals”

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

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Storytelling Trick #2 of 50

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

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