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My Hero – Unmasking Your Main Character

By Melanie Anne Phillips Every author has a hero – that one special character their story revolves around.  But who is this guy (or gal, or thing or ?)  Why he’s your main character, that’s who.  And he’s also your … Continue reading

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Take Your Story To Dinner

By Melanie Anne Phillips Is your story a good enough conversationalist, or does it need to go back to finishing school with another draft before it is ready for prime time? You have days, months, perhaps even years to prepare … Continue reading

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The Four Throughlines in To Kill A Mockingbird

By Melanie Anne Phillips There are four throughlines that must be explored in every story for it to feel to readers or audience that the underlying issues have been fully explored and the message fully supported. Objective Story Throughline: The Objective … Continue reading

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What is Fiction?

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Writing – Science or Magic?

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The Luminary

As co-creator of Dramatica, folks often ask me what kinds of writing I do myself.  Here’s one example – a rather sarcastic little poem about having other people look to you for answers… The Luminary By Melanie Anne Phillips Like … Continue reading

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Don’t Try to Be Shakespeare…

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