Category Archives: Story Development

Spin a Tale, Weave a Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips The common expression “spinning a yarn” conjures up the image of a craftsperson pulling together a fluffy pile into a single unbroken thread. An appropriate analogy for the process of telling a tale. A tale is … Continue reading

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Story Structure for Passionate Writers

By Melanie Anne Phillips We all know that a story needs a sound structure. But no one reads a book or goes to a movie to enjoy a good structure. And no author writes because he or she is driven … Continue reading

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SECRETS of the Protagonist…

By Melanie Anne Phillips The Protagonist is one of the most misunderstood characters in a story’s structure.  It is often assumed that this character is a typical “Hero” who is a good guy, the central character in the story, and … Continue reading

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Tear Your Story Apart!

By Melanie Anne Phillips By necessity, authors are so focused on what they are putting into their stories that they often don’t think about what isn’t there.  Yet the early stages of story development only create a framework – a … Continue reading

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The Creativity Two-Step

By Melanie Anne Phillips It is easier to come up with many ideas than it is to come up with one idea. Now that may sound counter-intuitive, but consider this… When you are working on a particular story and you … Continue reading

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Is Your Story Driven by Actions or Decisions?

Some stories are driven by actions.  Others are forced along by decisions.  All stories have some degree of both.  This question determines which one “triggers” the other, but does not determine the ratio between the two. If actions that occur … Continue reading

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Writing Stories with a “Collective” Goal

Some novice writers become so wrapped up in interesting events and bits of action that they forget to have a central unifying goal that gives purpose to all the other events that take place.  This creates a plot without a … Continue reading

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