Category Archives: Story Structure

Is Story Structure Your Enemy?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Structuring before writing or anywhere in the beginning of the process hobbles the Muse and creativity stops and progress bogs down.  This can make it appear as if story structure is your enemy. But, if you … Continue reading

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Only One Main Character in a Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips There’s only one main character in a story.  Why?  Because a story is about the group experience of trying to achieve a goal.  When people come together around a common issue in the real world, they … Continue reading

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The Tectonic Plates of Story Structure

Think of the large structural elements in a story as tectonic plates in geology that push against each other driven by an underlying force. In geology that force is generated by currents in the mantle. In stories, that force is … Continue reading

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What Creates Dramatic Tension?

In narrative structure, there are two forces that converge to create a sense of rising tension that culminates at the climax: the quest to achieve a goal and the increasing pressure to change a deeply held conviction. Each of these … Continue reading

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To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it

Story structure did not happen by accident. Nor did it happen by intent. Rather, the underlying conventions of storytelling that make up the flexible framework of stories evolved as a by product of the process of communication.

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Dramatica – Part 1

Introduction To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it. Story structure represents our quest for truth and meaning. In this regard, it reflects the structure of music and art as well. What’s more, … Continue reading

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Introduction to Heroes

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