Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Links to Articles On Writing

Atlas Shrugged How to Grow a Sentence Into a Story Audience Reach Five Steps to a Believable Character Dramatica Explained in Plain Language Beginner’s Guide to Dramatica Software Writing with Globular Clusters Should Your Main Character Change or Remain Steadfast? … Continue reading

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Have Your Characters Write Their Own Autobiographies

When fleshing out your characters, have each one write a short autobiography in their own voice about their lives prior to the beginning of the story, touching on key turning points, memories of special events – both cheerful and tragic, … Continue reading

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Have Your Characters Write Their Own Autobiographies

When fleshing out your characters, have each one write a short autobiography in their own voice about their lives prior to the beginning of the story, touching on key turning points, memories of special events – both cheerful and tragic, … Continue reading

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Story Structure is Based on Fours, Not Twos

Story structure is built on fours, not on twos.  Though it may seem like conflict is created between two opposing forces, there are two other forces at play as well. Consider a dramatic circuit consisting of four elements: Potential, Resistance, … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of Story Development

Each day we post another step in the StoryWeaver method. Follow along to develop your novel step by step or jump ahead with the StoryWeaver app on our web site at Storymind.com Today’s Step: The Four Stages of Story Development … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of Story Development

Each day we post another step in the StoryWeaver method. Follow along to develop your novel step by step or jump ahead with the StoryWeaver app on our web site at Storymind.com Today’s Step: The Four Stages of Story Development … Continue reading

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Introduction to the StoryWeaver Process

Each day we post another step in the StoryWeaver process. Follow along to develop your novel step by step or jump ahead with the StoryWeaver app on our web site at Storymind.com Today’s Step: Introduction to the StoryWeaver Process For … Continue reading

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50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks | Number 1

Trick 1 Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen to be either larger or smaller than it originally appeared. … Continue reading

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The Structure of Plot

Story Structure | The Structure of Plot Most authors think of plot as what their story is about. And beyond that, they recognize key events and turning points in the story that are part of plot as well. That’s a … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Genre Trap

A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often find themselves boxed-in creatively. They become snared in the Genre … Continue reading

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