Author Archives: Melanie Anne Phillips

How “StoryWeaver” Came to Be

When Chris Huntley and I created the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure back in the early 90’s, we originally envisioned it as the end-all of story models – the one single paradigm that explained it all. In fact, it was – … Continue reading

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Basic Tips for Beginning Writers

Here’s a short list of our best tips and articles for novice writers to help you find inspiration, get you started, and carry you to completion of your novel or screenplay. Ten Essential Tips for Beginning Writers Character Development Tricks! … Continue reading

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Write Your Novel Step By Step

Write Your Novel Step By Step! Read the complete book free on our web site at http://storymind.com/page31.htm

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Free for Writers – All Online Courses, Videos, Articles, and Writing Tips!

NOW FREE for Writers! All our writing courses, videos, audio programs, articles, and writing tips are NOW FREE on the Storymind.com web site! You’re welcome. The Management

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You are only as good as your own talent. GET OVER IT!

You are only as good as your own talent. GET OVER IT! You have a gift. Maybe it’s a grand one and maybe you wish you could exchange it. But you can’t. It’s your gift and it’s only as good … Continue reading

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Anticipatory Targeting of Data Gathering Resources (Part 1)

From Melanie Anne Phillips, Owner of Storymind.com Here’s the beginning of an article I wrote back a few years ago when I was a consultant for the CIA and the NSA on narrative psychology. I eventually finished the article, but … Continue reading

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Do You Want To Change Your Audience?

Do you want your story to bring your audience to a point of change or to reinforce its current view? Oddly enough, choosing a steadfast Main Character may bring an audience to change and choosing a change character may influence … Continue reading

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Avoid Writer’s Block with “Nonsense”

StoryWeaving – Write Your Novel or Screenplay Step By Step Step 2: Nonsense! If you already know what your story is about want to get right to the details, you might want to jump ahead to the “Finding the Holes” … Continue reading

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Who’s Behind This Blog?

Who’s behind this blog? Hi, I’m Melanie Anne Phillips – Owner of Storymind.com, creator of StoryWeaver, and Co-creator of Dramatica. I have two grown children, two grandchildren, and recently turned 65. For 25 years I’ve taught creative writing and story … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Main Character’s Resolve

The Main Character represents the audience’s position in the story. Therefore, whether he or she changes or not has a huge impact on the audience’s story experience and the message you are sending to it. Some Main Characters grow to … Continue reading

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