Tag Archive | plot

TV Tropes Monday: Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma

    Tweet of the Day: Why It Might Actually Suck to Live in the Harry Potter Universe ——- This is the second trope I’ve discovered yet I could not find on the TV Tropes page: the Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma. So, what is the Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma? It is when a character is: When a […]

TV Tropes Monday: Driving Question

  Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 10:7: Who Are All These People? ——- I written and even created a video about the importance of Premises & Promises in a narrative:     The promises in a premise arise in the form of questions also known as the Driving Question(s). While the tropes page adjudicates […]

TV Tropes Monday: Gone Horribly Wrong or Gone Horribly Right

  Tweet of the Day: 10 Reasons You Hero Needs Flaws ——- Ah science, the realm of the boring, repetitive, by the book way of doing things. Well, that is in the REAL world, but in fiction, science is full of geeky mavericks, contemptuous corporate executives, and power hungry generals just waiting to unleash their […]

TV Tropes Monday: Magic Tool

Tweet of the Day: Three Secrets of Three-Dimensional Antagonist ——- It slices, it dices, it manages your stock portfolio, arranges your wedding reception, and babysits your children. It is the Magic Tool! Real life multi-tools are nowhere as versatile as this trope. Its real power is how it helps the writer to extricate his story […]

Space for Rent: Ode to the “Simple” Plot

Tweet of the Day: My Life in Books: Restoration ——- I like “simple” plots. A simple plot can be strong, supple, elegant. In the right hands, the simplest of plots can be a thing of beauty. It is not a new thing under the sun, but it shines in the sunlight. A simple plot is […]

TV Tropes Monday: Sealed Evil in a Can

Tweet of the Day: Talents and Skill Thesaurus Entry: Throwing One’s Voice ——- It’s a trope as old as time, according to several mythologies including the Greeks. Person is walking along, minding their business when they stumble upon a box, door, or other closed object or area. Curiosity gets the better of them and they […]

TV Tropes Monday: Adventure-Friendly World

Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 9.4: Artificial Intelligence with Nancy Fulda ——- A vigilante can’t operate in a world with effective law enforcement. He would probably end up sharing a cell with the very crooks he is trying to stop. A superhero would be pretty useless without supervillains to oppose him. A fantasy world […]

Lessons from the Aether: Elantris and How to Manage Multiple POVs

  Tweet of the Day: Should You Ever Redeem Your Bad Guys? ——- Elantris is Brandon Sanderson’s debut epic fantasy novel and an excellent example of how to handle multiple POVs. Each of the three POV characters (Crown Prince Raoden, Princess Sarene and Priest Hrathen) do the following: Move the story forward, be it the […]

Lessons from the Aether: Sanderson and Worldbuilding a Plot

  Tweet of the Day:  Forging a Universe: Worldbuilding Physics ——- Brandon Sanderson is a master of weaving deep, well thought out worldbuilding into intricate fantasy plots.  While other writers struggle with the question of how much background information to put in their stories, Sanderson makes figuring out how the world works part of the […]

TV Tropes Monday: Plot Tumor

Tweet of the Day: Bring On The (Non) Kinck-Butt Sci-Fi Romance Heroines! ——– In the eternal quest to give stories the mythical “depth” everybody demands, writers often add, weave or pile on the subplots. They stem from Jenny’s dark years spent on the streets to Matt losing his mother at a young age. Or they […]