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 off 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. […]

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