Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guides to Conventions and Cliches

A couple of valuable and entertaining references for writers:

The Turkey City Lexicon - A handy guide to common writing mistakes. It's a wonderful resource which provides a common language for discussing storytelling glitches. When I critique work, I run into a lot of Fuzz, a number of As You Know, Bobs and far too many idiot plots (which I refer to as plot-induced stupidity).

TV Tropes - Don't let the name fool you, because this wiki of storytelling conventions applies to every medium. When you're crafting character development, are you Flanderizing minor characters? Does your protagonist perform a Heel Face Turn? This isn't about things to avoid, it's about things that exist, a beastiary of story features and it's a fascinating read.

1 comment:

slcard said...

These were fun, Ulysses. Thanks.