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The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Story Structure

We think in narrative, but think about topics. Narrative is the operating system of our own minds, and we seek to impose that upon every topic we encounter. For if we can, then we have the most touch-points with our … Continue reading

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Narrative for Movies and Television (Seminar Outline)

As promised to the attendees, here is the outline for the seminar I presented to the Director’s Guild of Canada last Sunday in Vancouver. It was a spectacular session with a packed house of really eager creative industry people, looking … Continue reading

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The Dramatic Triangle

By Melanie Anne Phillips There are two story lines in every complete story, and you can either run them in parallel or you can hinge them together to form a dramatic triangle. The first story line is the overall story that … Continue reading

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Writing Tips Newsletter #197

Our latest Writing Tips Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Story Structure for Passionate Writers / The Influence Character / Characters: Cogs in the Machine? / The Radical Story Mind / Finding Your Creative Time / Four Throughlines in … Continue reading

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The Four Throughlines in To Kill A Mockingbird

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. Throughline 1: The Objective Story The Objective Story is … Continue reading

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Protagonist & Antagonist – Who ARE These Guys?

The protagonist and antagonist may not be who you think they are.  For one thing, a protagonist is not necessarily the hero of a story.  Structurally speaking, the protagonist is the one who shakes up the status quo – that’s … Continue reading

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YOUR STORY WILL FAIL ( If you don’t have this… )

By Melanie Anne Phillips The compilation video below (used in  my class on story structure and complied by Chris Huntley) really illustrates the philosophical conflict between the Main Character and the Influence Character, which is the heart of your story’s message. … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica for Interactive Fiction (IF)

My response to a Dramatica user who asked about the applicability of the theory for creative interactive fiction narratives: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 7 “Symbolizing Concepts”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story It has been argued that perhaps the symbols we use are what create concepts, and therefore no common understanding between cultures, races, or times is possible. Dramatica works because indeed … Continue reading

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Our Most Popular Articles on Writing

Here’s an updated list of our most popular articles on creative writing, story development, story structure and narrative science: Title Views Home page / Archives 2,146 The False Narrative 957 Welcome to the Storymind Writer’s Library 933 Write Your Novel … Continue reading

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