It can be hard to write a good female character. So, as a female, I’m here to help you out.
Backstory adds a rich, accessible feeling to your characters. It tells us about your hero’s traumatic past, the villain’s abusive spouse, or the layout of your story’s world. In other words, it’s an essential part of storytelling. But backstories can be very difficult to tell without info dumping. So how do you fix an info […]
Do I really need to follow someone else’s rules for my writing?
We’ve all seen them: people who manipulate others in order to get what they want. Maybe it’s emotional, maybe it’s psychological. But one way or another, manipulation is a favorite tool of fictional characters everywhere. However, there are a lot of poorly written manipulators out there. So here is the Pro Story Builder’s guide to […]
(Disclaimer: All screenshots are taken from videos that are publicly displayed on Disney’s YouTube channel. I do not own these videos, and I am not making any money from this article.) Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show. It’s been a long time since I first heard about this Broadway musical called Hamilton. I was […]
While I was growing up, my family watched a lot of adventure movies. Indiana Jones, National Treasure, Robin Hood, Treasure Island… If there was treasure involved, we probably watched it. However, it got to the point where I would sit on the couch and laugh at all the cliches, until my family got irritated and […]
Hello everyone! This is just a quick update to let you know that for the next few weeks, I will be posting on Mondays instead of Sundays. I will publish my next post on Monday the 29th. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my other posts: Thanks for reading, and have […]
As a writer, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out who your characters really are.
How to Use Fan Fiction to Sharpen Your Writing Skills I would classify myself as a fangirl. But for a long time, I refused to write fanfiction. I used to think fanfiction was something only angsty teenagers wrote. I thought it was just a bunch of cheesy shipping and bad grammar. (Don’t get me wrong, […]
You can always learn a lot from others. Especially when it’s your job to judge them.
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: […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]