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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

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Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

whoo boy am I sick of this, yuuuup

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I never thought about it like this before, not in conscious terms, but yeah, I’ve noticed this, too. This is really crappy!

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Halloween

Your antagonist decides to make a “haunted” house. What decorations do they get?

Prompt for Antagonist Wednesday: Your antagonist somehow gains the chance to see his opponent’s entire life story, from birth to the current point. How does this affect the antagonist? Do they have a change of heart, or keep being their normal selves?

Your protag hasn’t heard from Antag in a long while, no one knows what’s happened to them. Antag comes back in the picture once in a long while after a time, but happens to disappear still. Why is that?

Anonymous inquired:

Do you have any advice for someone who's conceived a story that stretches at least 8 books? I love my idea, and it fits for it to be part of a long series, but the thought is so daunting that I always lose motivation after a few hundred words of writing. I feel like I'm not reliable enough to finish it, it's just so much :(

Compliment yourself on getting a few hundred words done. That can be hard sometimes! Good job on writing so much! A few hundred words every day will eventually get your series done. When assessing yourself as an author, think about what you already did rather than what you need to do.

(Note that this applies to getting work done, not outlining, where you need to think ahead. If you are an outliner, make sure not to associate the two.)

-Shannah

Still got a few hours before 12 AM in  my neck of the woods…

Anybody got any Taco Tuesday prompts?

theroadpavedwithwords:

I just wanted you all to know that you can totally finish that piece that you’re working on, because you are super talented and wonderful and there are people that love you that would love to read your story, and you should totally do it. 

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