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4 Annoying Story Tropes I Want to Kill

4 Annoying Story Tropes I Want to Kill

Our favorite pastimes are full of tropes and cliches. It’s inevitable. Stories fall into predicable patterns. Not all tropes are bad, but it takes skill to make them feel original. And since I’m a romantic sap at heart, there are plenty of tropes I’ll willingly follow. But there are a few that aren’t just eye-rolling, …

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Why We Need a Higher Bar

Why We Need a Higher Bar

Most advice for new writers includes references to the Bechdel test. Even veteran writers suggest new writers be familiar with and make certain their work passes the test. It isn’t bad advice, but I’m not sure it’s good advice either. The Bechdel test states simply that a story (no matter the media) should possess at …

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Shiny and Chrome

Shiny and Chrome

I’ve made my feelings about Mad Max; Fury Road loud and clear; I love it. I would put it on endless repeat, if I could. We went to see it twice, which is something my husband and I rarely do. But we loved the original Mad Max, and we loved Road Warrior even more (you …

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Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

I usually don’t like the term ‘guilty pleasures.’ I think if you enjoy something, you shouldn’t feel ashamed. Yet I feel a hint of shame whenever I think of the items on this list. These movies are so bad. Every time I hear someone mention hating one of them, I bow my head and quietly …

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Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities

Book blurbs and movie trailers serve the same purpose; to hook the audience. They give you a little taste of what you can expect, just enough to reel you in, then they leave you hanging. Writing a good book blurb or cutting a good trailer are another blog post. For the longest time, it seemed …

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To Boldly Go

To Boldly Go

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Star Trek, in many of its incarnations, is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. One of my first blog posts detailed the inspiration and lessons I picked up from watching Doctor Who. When I stop to think about it, Star Trek has taught me so much more. …

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