Category Archives: Storytelling

Storytelling 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 technique can be found in the motion picture The Fugitive. In one scene a police car flashes its lights and … Continue reading

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Storytelling Trick 1 – Building Size (Changing Scope)

 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Creator StoryWeaver, Co-creator Dramatica Trick 1  Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen … Continue reading

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Blowing the Story Bubble

Out new booklet describes a novel method for unfolding your story using the science behind bubbles. Click on the image to read a sample section on Amazon.com

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! (Trick 5)

(Excerpted from the book, 50 Sure-First Storytelling Tricks) Trick 5 Building Importance (Changing Impact) In this technique, things not only appear more or less important, but actually become so. This was a favorite of Hitchcock in such films as North By … Continue reading

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! (Trick 4)

(Excerpted from the book, 50 Sure-First 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 our appreciation of it changes. This can be … Continue reading

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! (Trick 3)

(Excerpted from the book, 50 Sure-First 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 to its environment. The phrase, guilt by association, expresses this notion. … Continue reading

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks (Trick 2)

(Excerpted from the book, 50 Sure-First 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 technique can be found in the … Continue reading

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks (Trick 1)

(Excerpted from the book, 50 Sure-First Storytelling Tricks) Trick  1 Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen to be … Continue reading

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Jot it Down!

For many writers, an incredible number of good ideas are lost simply because they aren’t written down. That great concept you were sure you couldn’t possibly forget five minutes ago has now become nothing but the feeling that it was … Continue reading

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