Category Archives: Story Development

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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When to Apply Structure to Your Story

In every developing story there is already a fuzzy proto-narrative forming within your subject matter. This proto-narrative occurs because though people think ABOUT topics, they think IN narrative form. Narrative is just a map of all the perspectives we have … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Write a Tale or a Story?

The difference between a tale and a story is that a tale is just a linear step by step progression through plot events and character growth in which the next step can be anything at all, as long it makes … Continue reading

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Story Analysis and Story Creation in Dramatica Software (video)

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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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