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Character Comparison Characters

Character Comparison: Loki vs Severus Snape

Welcome to my new series, Character Comparison! In this series, I will break down two characters from books / movies and compare them. Part of learning how to tell a story is by observing. In today’s post, I’ll be comparing Severus Snape and Loki Laufeyson/Odinson. Contains BIG spoilers for the Harry Potter books and Avengers: […]

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Plot Writing Techniques

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Bulletproof Story Goal

As a writer, I know how hard it can be to write both good characters and a solid plot. For many of us, it feels like we get one or the other. The plot should be more than just a bunch of events. But for many writers and storytellers, plot is where they fall flat. […]

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Cliches

5 Cliches in YA Dystopian Novels That Need to Stop

My first novel was a YA Dystopian novel, and I think it’s safe to say that the genre is still close to my heart. I can’t get enough of the stories that warn us about the evils of power, corrupt governments, and societies where right and wrong are skewed beyond recognition. And what do I […]

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Characters Writing Techniques

5 Reasons to Keep The Parents Alive and Not Orphan Your Characters

It’s a good general rule of thumb: Don’t kill your parents. Especially in real life. (Love you, mom!) However, in the world of fiction, both in novels and in movies, the writers seem to kill off the parents with reckless abandon. Let’s see how many orphaned characters I can name off the top of my […]

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Blog Updates

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Hello everyone! Since this is not a normal post, I figured I wouldn’t post it on Sunday. So the next storytelling blog post will come out on Sunday, I promise! Today is an exciting day, because I was tagged by Julia Witmer for the Vincent Ehindero blogging award. The Rules1. Display the blog award logo […]

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Short Stories Writing Techniques

How to Create the Perfect Short Story

As a young writer, I envied people who could write short stories. I followed all the formulas, filled out all the character sheets, and watched another writer win the contest. So I told myself that I couldn’t write short stories, that novel-length works were more my style. Boy, was I wrong. The short story is […]