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Writers, Spread Some Cheer This Holiday Season

There are only 18 days left until Christmas! Last week, we talked about how to portray characters with depression. And even though I feel like it’s an important message to discuss, the time has come for happier topics. As a writer, I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how a story can change the […]

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Characters With Depression: Portraying Mental Illness in Fiction

Before we get started, if this article is helpful or interesting to you, please share it on your social media accounts. This topic is very important to me, and I want to be able to spread the word about this issue in the writing community. Here’s a link you can share on social media: https://prostorybuilders.com/2020/11/30/characters-with-depression/ […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Worldbuilding (Guest Post)

Hello everyone! Today’s post comes from my friend, Julia Witmer. Make sure to check out her bio at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! Worldbuilding is, undoubtedly, an integral part of any story. Whether the story takes place in Arkansas or Narnia, readers want a world that’s well developed, unique, enticing, and easily understandable. Without […]

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Don’t Feel Like Writing? Here’s How to Get Out of a Creativity Slump Fast

Are you tired of writing? Let’s talk about some ways to rediscover your love for the written word.

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Servant Characters and How to Write Them

Recently, in trying to escape from life as a college student, I’ve become addicted to several shows I haven’t seen before, especially BBC’s Merlin. I love how Merlin’s character is portrayed, and it has inspired me to rethink some of my own characters. When is a servant character too cliche? How can you avoid some […]

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Combat Writing for Rookies: The Basic Screw-Ups You Don’t Want to Make (Guest Post)

Today I wanted to share a post by my fellow writer, Ethan. I found his advice about combat writing to be extremely helpful, so with his permission, I decided to share some of it here on Pro Story Builders. Enjoy! (Just a heads-up for my squeamish friends, this post covers certain topics related to combat, […]

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7 Things I Learned From Finishing My Novel

Last week, I finished another novel. Full disclosure: I’m not here to sell my book. It was awful, full of plot holes, and will never see the light of day. ** **except for the fact that I entered it in a contest. More on that in a minute. Even though this was not my favorite […]

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How to Write a Good Bad Guy: Learning From Examples

We all love a good bad guy.

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Throwback Post: Perk Up Your Characters in 3 Easy Steps

This post is a throwback to the good ol’ days of 2017.

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Writing Techniques

5 Cliches About Women in Fiction that Need to Stop

It can be hard to write a good female character. So, as a female, I’m here to help you out.

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Plot Writing Techniques

Stop Info Dumping in Your Story

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 […]

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“Don’t Tell Me How to Write!” Why We Need Writing Rules (+ Big Updates)

Do I really need to follow someone else’s rules for my writing?

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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 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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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 […]