Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 14, 2010

Tricks of the Trade for Writing Fiction

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 9:17 AM

Got stuck on a scene? Can’t seem to get the creative juices flowing?

Then you need to explore some tropes. From TV Tropes.com

Merriam-Webster gives a definition of “trope” as a “figure of speech.” In storytelling, a trope is just that — a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly. Above all, a trope is a convention. It can be a plot trick, a setup, a narrative structure, a character type, a linguistic idiom… It’s like porn; you know it when you see it.

Suppose you’re stuck on a chase scene and need some inspiration. There’s a trope for that.

Or perhaps your story has an amusing alien and you need to flesh (??) him or her or it out. There’s trope for that, too.

Or maybe you’re writing a crime story and one of the partners is and alien. There’s a trope for that, too.

I found that TV Trope.com is filled with all kinds of examples and prompts to help you with almost any kind of scene or story your have – in any media. Film, TV, comics, etc. etc.

Check it out. Give it a try. It’s a Wiki and it’s free.

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