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Characters Writing Techniques

Writing a Manipulative Character: What You Need to Know

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 […]

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Encouragement Writing Techniques

Encouragement for Writers (Inspired by Hamilton)

(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 […]

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Cliches Writing Techniques

5 Cliches in Action Adventure Stories that Need to Stop

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 […]

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Update: Posting on Monday

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 […]

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Characters Resources

101 Character Development Questions that are Actually Fun (+ Free PDF)

As a writer, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out who your characters really are.

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Writing Techniques

The Writer’s Guide to Fan Fiction

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, […]

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Plot Writing Techniques

Entering A Writing Contest? Here’s What I Learned as a Book Awards Judge

You can always learn a lot from others. Especially when it’s your job to judge them.

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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 […]