Saturday, April 23, 2011

T is for TV Tropes

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There are a few places I turn to when I'm looking for some inspiration or have hit a road block in my writing. I either go to the movies, listen to music, read something else, or I turn to TV Tropes.

For those that don't know about TV Tropes (go there immediately... but beware there might be some unaccounted hours in your day) it is a website where constant viewers assemble many story/plot/character tropes as they can.

When you're having problems thinking of any quirks for characters or something to get the plot moving, TV tropes will have it and any movies/literature/tv shows/etc that that particular trope has appeared in. Lets just say your character has pesky parents that keep getting in the way of the plot, or your plot involves the need to hide someone (possibly in a basement), or your villain's dastardly plan seems too implausible to have succeeded, there is a trope for everything.


P.S. This may happen to you.

So, where do you turn if you need inspiration? If you've been there, what's your favourite trope?

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll have to check it out!

Rachael Harrie said...

Ooh, I haven't seen that one. Off to waste some time...um, I mean...do some research :)

Hugs,

Rach

Scott Niven said...

Never heard of tvtropes before, but just checked out the website and love it! Some of the tropes are hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

Scott

Alleged Author said...

Never heard of this before now!

Ellie said...

I've never heard of tropes - I'll have to check it out.

I usually find music or a walk outdoors are great for inspiration.

Ellie Garratt

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