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Category Archives: Write Your Novel Step by Step
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
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
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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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
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
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
We all have personal issues – trouble with co-workers, family difficulties, unfulfilled hopes or dreams or a moral dilemma. Though it is not necessary, every character can benefit from having a personal issue with which it must grapple or a … Continue reading
Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story How can essential concepts be communicated? Certainly not in their pure, intuitive form directly from mind to mind. (Not yet, anyway!) To communicate a concept, an author must symbolize it, … Continue reading
Now that you know something about the personalities of your potential cast members, it is time to find out how they see your story. In this step, you’ll have each character write another paragraph from their point of view, but … Continue reading