Category Archives: Story Development

Write a Log Line for Your Story

A log line is just a one sentence description of the core of what your story is about. You probably have a lot of ideas developed and even a potential structure. That’s great, but it also can become a bit … Continue reading

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How to Make a Great Story Better!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a flashback article from the early days of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure back in the mid 1990s.  It is the first article I wrote in a series of “Constructive Criticisms” in which I … 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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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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