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- The False Narrative
- How do you create a main character who is an antagonist?
- Identifying Your Main Character
- How to Avoid the "Genre Trap"
- The Impact of Stories
- Do You Want To Write a Tale or a Story?
- Story Structure with the Muse in Mind
- What Chases Your Characters?
- What Creates Dramatic Tension?
- Choosing Your Main Character's Resolve
- Creative Writing
- Narrative Science
- Story Development
- Story Points
- Story Structure
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As trite as it might seem, ask yourself “What would a story be without characters?” The answer can help you get a grip on exactly what characters really do in a story, and therefore how to build them effectively. Although … Continue reading
Here are four useful techniques to add to your novelist’s bag of tricks: Novels Aren’t Stories A novel can be extremely free form. Some are simply narratives about a fictional experience. Others are a collection of several stories that may … Continue reading
The StoryWeaver Method is a step by step approach to developing your novel or screenplay. StoryWeaver will help you create your story’s world, who’s in it, what happens to them, and what it all means. The StoryWeaver Method ~ Step … Continue reading
Email correspondence with a less than pleasant potential purchaser: Customer: Hello, I recently came across your site as I am needing to purchase Move Magic Screenwriting 6. I see that you beat other authorized online pricing. I almost purchased one … Continue reading
Story Structure can be a straight-jacket for your Muse. On the one hand, structure is necessary for a story to have a point or even just to make sense! But on the other hand, structure tends to channel ideas down … Continue reading
Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s not really possible to write a novel (or screenplay) step by step because that’s not how the creative mind works. Rather, we come to a story with a whole bag of bits and pieces of … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips I was going through some old back-ups of my computer from many, many years ago and came across this lecture I had prepared for a meeting of psychiatrists involved in the psychological aspects of art and … Continue reading
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
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
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