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The StoryWeaver Method – Step 2

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

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An Unpleasant Customer – Think Twice, Post Once

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

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Story Structure with the Muse in Mind

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

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How to Write Your Novel or Screenplay Step by Step

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

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Narrative Media and the Individual

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

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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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