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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

No Such Thing As Loyalty I think OP has been "trapped" by thinking in terms of character's emotions. (Loyalty, admiration, trust, etc.) When I feel trapped, I try to change my perspective to ...
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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

The problem seems to be that you have two separate partial story ideas that don't match. You need to, as they say, "kill your darlings", that is, the current story, with that plot hole, must ...
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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

Try making your associations stronger. becomes friends with young nobility group. This seems too "loose". Specifically, suppose the king, instead of treating the wizard like a novelty, ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

What stories are usually expected to have is conflict. Conflict doesn't have to mean hardship or suffering for the protagonist - it just means some kind of problem they have to solve or obstacle they ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

You should have an amount of suspense appropriate for your story The point of communication is to convey information and emotion. What information and emotion is your story trying to tell? Does ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

Kurt Vonnegut came up with the idea of graphing the happiness of the main character in a story: according to Vonnegut there are only 8 shapes for stories. There's a summary here, and an entertaining ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

The last question is easy. Would it be a story? Certainly. If there is any plot at all, if anything happens, it is a "story". The bigger question is, Would it be an interesting story? Many ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

Back in the 19th century, authors would sometimes write sketches - short works of prose, heavy on descriptions, that would introduce a setting and relationships between their characters, but contained ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

I think what you mean are called multi-act dramas. Usually modern media uses a 3-act scheme, while apparently Shakespeare wrote mostly 5-act dramas. Usually in the form of "comedies" and &...
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Am I allowed to write a continuation of a book series/story I like? (Ex. Harry potter, Amulet, Wishtree etc.)

So, basically, you want to take an existing story and expand on it with a sequel (or prequel or a side storyline). This is called fanfiction. It's a very popular genre of writing, but confined pretty ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

There are stories without obstacles or hardship or conflict. Many picture books for children are like that. They just tell of a character experiencing something and getting to know a benign world. ...
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Am I allowed to write a continuation of a book series/story I like? (Ex. Harry potter, Amulet, Wishtree etc.)

You can write anything you want — assuming you are not living somewhere like North Korea. In fact, rewriting short stories and chapters of novels that you enjoy is one technique to learn how to write ...
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Am I allowed to write a continuation of a book series/story I like? (Ex. Harry potter, Amulet, Wishtree etc.)

You can use stories whose copyright has expired. Copyright in the USA expires 70 years after the author has died. That means that you can use a fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, but you cannot use ...
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What's the difference between short stories and novels with plot?

They both have a plot. But obviously, in the short story, the plot must be relatively simple and straightforward. The characters cannot be described in much depth, the author must appeal to "...
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What's the difference between short stories and novels with plot?

A short story is defined both by its short length (commonly less than 5,000 words) and the often more simple structure of its content: typically one viewpoint character, usually the protagonist often ...
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How to plot a memoir?

First of all, while an autobiography recounts the whole life of a person, a memoir typically describes a specific phase in their life (e.g. their time as president) and begins when the development of ...
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