Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

Clear Your Mind Before Writing

When beginning a new novel, writers are often faced with one of two initial problems that hinders them right from the get go.  One – sometimes you have a story concept but can’t think of what to do with it. … Continue reading

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Narrative in the Real World

Why do I post all these articles and videos on Story Structure? Well, aside from it being my career for the past quarter of a century, narrative theory has shown me that people think in narratives, but we also manufacture … Continue reading

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Can There Be More Than One Protagonist In A Story?

A writer recently asked: I write Western genre screenplays. And I love to use Dramatica Pro. In Western Genre sometime I will run into more than one  protagonist more than one antagonist . I name my antagonist in Dramatica Pro … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Cognitive Modeling

Recently, an associate suggested a tie-in between cognitive modeling of cultural storytelling preferences and Dramatica that might, someday, provide guidelines for “writing the next Star Wars.” This, for me, opened the whole discussion regarding the relationship between story structure and … Continue reading

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The StoryWeaver Method – Step 1

StoryWeaver 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. In this first step, we look ahead … Continue reading

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The DNA of Story Structure

Narrative structure has, at its core, a code not unlike that of DNA. We first documented a model of this DNA of story in our 1994 book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story, concurrent with the release of our Dramatica … Continue reading

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