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And That’s a Wrap: Year in Review (+ 2021 Update)

Today’s post is going to be a little bit shorter, since I just wanted to take a moment and look back at the positive things in 2020. I know, 2020 wasn’t very positive. But what fun is it to read another negative article where we complain about the state of our world? Fortunately, I was […]

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5 Cliches in Christmas Stories that Need to Stop

Christmas stories! We know them, we love them, and we poke fun at them. At least, I poke fun at them. Now, I’d like to make it clear that I love Christmas. At this point, I can almost recite my favorite Christmas movies from memory. And even though I might roll my eyes at the […]

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Encouragement Resources

Heavy Duty Motivation for Writers

It’s been quite a year. So much has happened that we feel beaten down, like the world is pummeling us in the face until we can’t stand up any more. As writers, we feel an obligation during this time in our lives. We feel obligated to keep creating, even though we are suffering. But the […]

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Characters Resources Writing Techniques

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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#WritingCommunity Blog Award

Hello everyone, Today we have a slightly different post than usual, because I am starting a blog award! *insert confetti here* If you don’t know how blog awards work, the rules are simple. Display the award logo on your site Link back to the person who tagged you Answer 5 questions Tag 3 blogs (must […]

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Setting Writing Techniques

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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Encouragement Writing Techniques

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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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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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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“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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Characters Writing Techniques

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 […]