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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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Top 5 Books for Writers

Every writer needs books. Not fiction, but nonfiction books that give you resources and help you become a better writer. Since we could all use some self love right now, maybe it’s time to treat yourself and buy a new book. So break out your Amazon gift cards, and check out some of these writing […]

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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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Encouragement Plot Writing Techniques

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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Characters Cliches Writing Techniques

How to Write a Good Bad Guy: Learning From Examples

We all love a good bad guy.

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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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Blog Updates Writing Techniques

“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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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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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, […]