Category Archives: The Story Mind

How stories and life relate

What’s On Your Story’s Mind?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Stories have a mind of their own.  And as with people, your story’s mind has different facets. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. … Continue reading

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The Radical Story Mind

By Melanie Anne Phillips The central concept of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure is the existence of a Story Mind – essentially the notion that every story has its own psychology and its own personality, as if the story itself … Continue reading

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The “Influence Character” in a Nut Shell

Stories have a mind of their own, as if they were a person in their own right in which the structure is the story’s psychology and the storytelling is its personality. Characters, in addition to acting as real people,, also … Continue reading

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A Tale is a Statement

Part 2 of our 113 part video series on story structure Download this video, audio or view on our web site at http://storymind.com/page104.htm

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Introducing the Story Mind (video) – Part 1 of 113

Download this video, audio or view on our web site at http://storymind.com/page103.htm

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Writing Tip of the Day

Think of your story as having a mind of its own in which the characters are but facets.  This helps  you connect with your story as a living thing, rather than simply a structure.  

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Psychology, Personality, Persona & Perception – The 4 P’s Revisited

Some time ago, I wrote a short article describing the four P’s of character: Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception. Psychology was described as the underlying structure and dynamics of a character’s given mind set.  Personality were the interests and mannerisms … Continue reading

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