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Tear Your Story Apart!

By Melanie Anne Phillips By necessity, authors are so focused on what they are putting into their stories that they often don’t think about what isn’t there.  Yet the early stages of story development only create a framework – a … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Idea?

By Melanie Anne Phillips In this story development tip, your goal is to be able to write a single sentence that expresses the essence of what your story is about. Having a core concept will provide you with a creative … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step #1 – Stage of Writing a Novel

By Melanie Anne Phillips In this excerpt from my book, Write Your Novel Step by Step, I outline the four stages of writing a novel that confront every author. Step 1 – Stages of Writing a Novel Writers often begin the … Continue reading

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“Write Your Novel Step by Step” – Free Online Book

My complete book, Write Your Novel Step by Step, is now available for free on the Storymind web site. Click the picture to start reading!

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (25) “Who’s Your Main Character?”

Of all your cast, there is one very special player: the Main Character. Your Main Character is the one your story seems to be about – the one with whom your readers most identify – in short, the single most … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step by Step (24) “Selecting Your Cast”

Congratulations! Over the last few steps you’ve learned a tremendous amount of information about your characters’ attributes, self-image, outlook, and personal issues. With all the work you’ve done, you probably have more characters than you need or want. Still, by … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 9 “Author’s Intent”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story Simply having a feeling or a point of view does not an author make. One becomes an author the moment one establishes an intent to communicate. Usually some intrigu- ing … Continue reading

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