Category Archives: Creative Writing

Take Your Story To Dinner

By Melanie Anne Phillips Is your story a good enough conversationalist, or does it need to go back to finishing school with another draft before it is ready for prime time? You have days, months, perhaps even years to prepare … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration For Your Novel

By Melanie Anne Phillips We all know that writing is not just about assembling words, but also about assembling ideas. When we actually sit down to write, we may have our ideas all worked out in advance or we may … Continue reading

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Finding Your Creative Time

By Melanie Anne Phillips You sit in your favorite writing chair, by the window, on the porch, or in the study. You wear your favorite tweed jacket with the leather elbow patches, or your blue jeans, or your “creative shoes.” … Continue reading

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Get Out Of My Head!!! (A tip for writers…)

By Melanie Anne Phillips This tip is excerpted from my book, Write Your Novel Step By Step.  Click the link to read it free on my web site. In this step, we’ll  explore how to clear your mental decks to make room … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 8 of 50 – Flashbacks and Flash Forwards

Storytelling Tip 8 of 50 Flashbacks and Flash Forwards There is a big difference between flashbacks where a character reminisces and flashbacks that simply transport an audience to an earlier time. If the characters are aware of the time shift, it … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 6 of 50 – “Non-Causality”

Trick 6 Non-Causality (Out of Context Experiences) There is often a difference between what an audience expects and what logically must happen. A prime example occurs in the Laurel and Hardy film, The Music Box. Stan and Ollie are piano movers. … Continue reading

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Storytelling Tip 5 of 50 – “Building Importance”

Trick 5 Building Importance (Changing Impact) In this technique, things not only appear more or less important, but actually become so. This trick was a favorite of Hitchcock in such films as North By Northwest and in television series such as MacGyver. In an episode of The Twilight Zone, for … Continue reading

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