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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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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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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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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 […]

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Characters Writing Techniques

No More Wimps: How To Make Your Characters Fight Back

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 […]

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Writing Techniques

3 Ways to Find the Perfect Words for Your Story: Verb Edition!

Every book, short story, or script relies on good word choice. When you’re trying to tell a story, sometimes the hardest thing to do is deciding which word to use. Verbs hold all your story’s action, so what better place to start? As a young writer, I knew how to put words together, and I […]