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Miscommunication

You know what trope is not my favorite? Miscommunication.

To be fair, miscommunication usually gives way to conflict which in turn gives way to a story. Conflict is obviously needed for a story to happen, but I feel as if miscommunication is used far too often to help the conflict along.

Seeing opportunities in stories where the characters could solve so many problems by just talking to each other — rather than keeping quiet to “protect the others” or to “not burden anyone else” — just really bothers me.

Honestly, I’m probably guilty of this too, but I try to subvert the trope as well. Instead of having characters hide information for the good of the rest of the group, writers could have the forgetful characters have the information, or have the character always get interrupted when they’re trying to share the info. I’ve also had a character who just had different ways of prioritizing information and, thus, thought that the information didn’t need sharing.

What overused, or not, tropes do you dislike in stories? How do you avoid or twist them around?

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Home

 

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Characters and Social Media

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Which social media site would your characters use the most?

Do they like precise information, bite-sized stories like on Twitter? Would they be snapping picture evidence of their life for Instagram? Would they have a news feed catered to only their interests like on Tumblr? Do they have a favorite social media site or do they hop around between several? Are their own posts to the sites concise, all over the place, a good medium?

As writers, social media is important in reaching out to fellow authors, writers, and readers. Right now, we’re on one of the most popular blogging sites to share our thoughts and stories with one another. That’s the ultimate goal of social media sites — to connect.

So, how would your characters connect with others in their world through social media? How would your characters react to anonymous praise, critique, trolls? How private would they keep their settings? How often would they post? Would they connect more with people they know face-to-face or make friends with people from all over the world?

What would a stranger, or a reader, conclude about your character just from reading their social media sites?

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Home

 

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