Category Archives: Story Development

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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Atlas Shrugged – Why Did The Films Fail?

Recently, I was commissioned to determine why the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged, had failed so miserably. Reading the 1200 page book and watching the six-hour movie trilogy resulted in a 36 page report, which my client … Continue reading

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Writing a Saul to Paul Story

A writer recently asked: I am writing a Saul-to-Paul story whereby my protagonist begins the story with one goal in mind (i.e., persecution of a particular people on behalf of a dictator), but at some point through the story, he … Continue reading

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How to Grow a Sentence into a Story

Start with any sentence in your text, be it back story, something about your character or plot or even the outline of a scene. Example: The dog ran over the hedge. Now, ask as many intelligent, relevant questions about that … Continue reading

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