Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

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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Story Structure Ruins Everything!

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What is Your Novel About?

What’s Your Novel About? This might seem an easy question to answer because you’ve been thinking about your story quite a bit and know the essence of what you want it to be pretty well. Yet if a friend asks … Continue reading

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Where Does Story Structure Come From?

Story Structure | Where Does Story Structure Come From? In previous installments of this series, we’ve determined that stories do, in fact have structure.  And, we explored how each story’s structure is something of a map that shows us how … Continue reading

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Writing from the Subconscious

Here’s a short poem I finished up at 4 a.m. this morning, followed by some creative notes that you might find valuable in developing your own stories: Glacier Can I find some peace of mind,to dull the horrid daily grind,or … Continue reading

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Does Story Structure Exist?

Story Structure | Part of an ongoing series Welcome to our new series that explores the elements of story structure and describes how they work together to form a framework for your story. We begin with a fundamental question: Does … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel (or Screenplay) Step By Step

Step 1 | Introducing a new approach to story development For most authors, the hardest part of writing is the raw invention needed to come up with an intriguing plot, compelling characters, a meaningful theme, and an involving genre. Once … Continue reading

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Developing Your Characters’ Points Of View

Although you have a clear plot that you have created from the position of author, it is going to look quite different to each of your characters, depending on their particular situation and tempered by where they are coming from … Continue reading

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Characters Have Two Jobs

Characters have two jobs. One, they must respond as real people so we can identify with them. Two, they must function as part of your plot to they contribute to the message. Characters who don’t ring true drop your readers … Continue reading

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Character Likes and Dislikes

“Snakes… Why did it have to be snakes….???” What a character likes and dislikes takes the curse of its larger than life stature. Whether you are writing a novel, play, screenplay, or teleplay, your characters loom in the hearts and … Continue reading

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