Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Character Justification

By Melanie Anne Phillips Problem solving tries to resolve an issue.  But if there is an obstacle to a solution, the process of justification tries to find a way around.  Sometimes characters get so wrapped up in the attempt to … Continue reading

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The Main Character’s Problem

This is the nature of the Main Character’s struggle in a story. He has either built up an understanding of how to try and solve problems that no longer fits, or he has built up an understanding of what causes … Continue reading

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Mental Sex, Characters, and You

Check out our new audio program: Mental Sex, Characters and You – Just $9.95! This three-hour audio program in mp3 (download and/or play online) explores one of the most crucial aspects of narrative structure that reflects not only in characters, … Continue reading

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StoryWeaver and the Author’s Journey

By Melanie Anne Phillips Introduction to StoryWeaver StoryWeaver is a new method of story development with a revolutionary approach.  Rather that focusing on what stories need to be complete, it focuses on what authors need to complete stories. Other methods look … Continue reading

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Character Development Tricks!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Although it is possible to write without the use of characters, it is not easy. Characters represent our drives, our essential human qualities. So a story without characters would be a story that did not describe … Continue reading

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Only One Main Character in a Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips There’s only one main character in a story.  Why?  Because a story is about the group experience of trying to achieve a goal.  When people come together around a common issue in the real world, they … Continue reading

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Narrative for Movies and Television

I’ve been invited to present a one-day seminar to the Director’s Guild of Canada in Vancouver, BC on April 2. The topic is NARRATIVE FOR MOVIES AND TELEVISION. Registration is currently open only to DGC members, and seating is limited, … Continue reading

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