Friday, 24 September 2010

TV Tropes

For viewers and readers, writers and creators - a quick riffle through the TV Tropes wiki can always stimulate thought!

This witty and informal wiki contains all kinds of references to clich├ęs and stereotypes, of both plot and characterization, in the media.

For example, and at random: Magical Gestures

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Showing, not telling...

Most writing books advise that you attempt to involve the reader by 'showing' rather than merely 'telling' the events and people, but not all how-to books agree with that advice.

I like this attempt to distinguish the two modes, and explain how they both have their uses - from the Advanced Writing website...

  • Please note how much more efficient “telling” is than “showing.”
  • Please note how much more vivid “showing” is than “telling.”
  • Now here’s an important point: You want to “show” the interesting parts of your story and “tell” the uninteresting parts.

That seems like a very useful distinction, to me. Follow the link for more detail.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Welsh blog awards

This blog did not get submitted to the competition, simply because the writer had not even heard about the competition.

Maybe next year (sigh).

Wales blog Awards