Tag Archive | drama

Lessons from the Aether: Law & Order and Why Following a Formula Is Not a Bad Thing


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 8.2: Hero’s Journey  ——- To call something “formulaic” is to hang a sign that says things like: unimaginative, repetitive, and dull among other things. Yet Hollywood thrives on formulas, as does many literary genres. Take the show Law & Order as an example. It spawn at least five spin offs (all of them of the […]

TV Tropes Monday: Action Film, Quite Drama Scene


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 7.44: Writing for Comics ——– Move the story forward! Raise the stakes! Punch up the action! Take a break…. Wait, what? Yes, sometimes you need to take a break from the action and give the characters (and the audience) a moment to catch their breath. Hence this trope. A […]

TV Tropes Monday: Status Quo is God


Tweet of the Day: Thought of the Day ——- This is a phenomenon in long running series, be they TV, movies or books. Nothing ever changes. Let me repeat that: NOTHING! All hail Status Quo as God! A million script ideas are sacrificed at the altar of this uncaring god, for he keeps permutation, character […]

Weekend Roundup + Some Awards and Stuff: July 8th- 14th


Tweet of the Day: The Mysterious Other ——- We start the post with a shout out to Diane Carlisle over at Are We There Yet?. She was kind enough to give me a pair of awards: Sisterhood eh? <Does a simple check> Okay then… I have to answer another seven questions to boot. Lets see: […]

Weekend Roundup: July 1st – 7 and a Recap


Tweet of the Day: Character Trait: Glamorous ——- I talked about this before, that feeling after you write a great scene or finish a book. You’re exhilarated and exhausted at the same time. Happened again this week, with the second to last dispatch (yes there is at one more on the way). And like I […]

TV Tropes Monday: Raygun Gothic


Tweet of the Day: 10 Myths About Introverts ——- Rocketships, flying saucers, Mars Needs Women and heroic two-fisted action, that’s Raygun Gothic in a few nutshells. This is the progressive, generally positive future envisioned in Saturday morning serials, 1950′s sci-fi cinema and the like. Although the actual content could be all over the place, it […]

This Just In: I’m a SFR Writer!


Tweet of the Day: The SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop! ——- “Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.” —Alan Moore Novel talk time. As some of you might know,  my latest project (non blog related) is sci-fi. […]

TV Tropes Monday: Crapsack World


Tweet of the Day: Man Against Nature-How to Make it Work ——- Is your book, TV series or movie set in a happy-go-lucky universe of rainbows and unicorns? Well, this ain’t it. This place sucks. This place stinks. It sucks the life out of you and stinks of brimstone and cat piss. You ain’t in […]

Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 15 – Tear Brittania


Tweet of the Day: Drama vs. Melodrama: Can You Tell the Difference? ——- Intro-  14 – 16 ——- ITV Studios, The Ten O’clock News London, UK,  5 August,  18:00 hours local The anchorman looked stared at the lens of camera three, a stern crease on his eyebrows as he narrated the days events: A third […]

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