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Characters Writing Techniques

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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Cliches

5 Cliches in Romance / Romantic Comedy that Need to Stop

This post has been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here.

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Plot Writing Techniques

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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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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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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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

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 […]

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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 […]