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 […]
We all love a good bad guy.
This post is a throwback to the good ol’ days of 2017.
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 […]
As a writer, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out who your characters really are.
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: […]
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 […]
It goes without saying– no matter what medium you’re working in, you want your audience to connect with your characters. It can be hard to make sure the readers care about your main character. You want them to see your character’s tragic past, to sympathize with their pain, and start rooting for them. So all […]