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Do you imagine your writing as visual scenes like a movie? • Keep Calm, Carry On, and Use a Goddamn Oxford Comma

Do you imagine your writing as visual scenes like a movie? r/writing • u/ScythianRabbit share

This is how I write often, a scene plays in my mind like a clip from a movie and I ''translate'' it to paper.

I tend to write them like dreams rather than movies. In dreams you feel more, while movies just describe visuals. I find that when people write like movies it feels shallow and just describing rather than taking me into how the character is thinking and feeling, why they are doing those things, and how each action impacts the person's view of things. I write through the characters, which means that what they see and believe isn't necessarily how things are. One character might think another is an butthead, but another character might think he's super sweet and charismatic. If you're just writing how they do things, you don't get a realistic, differing take on the storyline which might impact how obvious plot twists are, or how stupid drama might be. You want people to be the character, not the camera.

Keep Calm, Carry On, and Use a Goddamn Oxford Comma r/writing • u/gemowater share

The Oxford comma (the last comma before a conjunction in a list) is considered to be optional.

Oh, oh, I know this one! My favorite example is: "The strippers, Trump, and Putin." vs "The strippers, Trump and Putin." Enjoy the mental image everyone.

You don't need to do all the work in world-building. Leave some mysteries for the imagination of the readers. r/writing • u/TheBigSmol share

If you say all there is to say, it becomes an encyclopedia as opposed to a story. I don't want to know the names and lore of every little tiny character and thing.

I find that every sentence I write should do at least two of three things: World building, character development, and/or plot progression. The best descriptive sentences do all three.

Example: a character is walking through a new city and you want to describe the fortifications around the city. Describe it as through that characters eyes. Is he a soldier? Then he'd notice how the fortification would do against certain siege engines and the quality of equipment the city guards have. Is he a thief? He'd notice the blind spots on the walls if he had to climb over them and how attentive the guards are. A noble/merchant? He'd be able to tell how much the city spent on upkeep of those fortifications and the expense of keeping the guards in their armor. All three of these examples show the reader how well the city is fortified and defended but they do so through the lens of the character's background. So world building and character development. Now have your character sneak out of the city or have the city be attacked by an army. There's your plot progression.

Your focus on the concept of tropes is just holding you back. r/writing • u/KensukeTanabe share

Listen. I don’t know of a single successful author who attributes their success to 'avoiding tropes'. "Well you know Sally, I'm so glad you asked about tropes, because my strong feelings about the subject are the foundation of my writing career." - No Author Ever

Stop worrying about it.

Everything is a trope. What you want to avoid (but not to the point that you dismantle a good story) is tired tropes, or overused combinations of tropes. Like cliches, a trope isn’t something that is bad on its own. There’s just a point at which approaching it in the same way becomes meaningless through overuse.

It’s good if you can approach tropes in a fresh manner, but if your story has impact you shouldn’t “avoid” tropes just for he sake of avoiding them. On the other hand, if feedback is that your story is tired or unoriginal, you might want to try subverting some of your tropes.


Better to forget tropes and understand archetypes vs stereotypes as related to nature vs nurture. Therein lies the secret of when tropes are powerful and when they are not.

[GIVING ADVICE] WGA Writer Explains How To Become A Pro Screenwriter r/Screenwriting • u/239not235 share

By request, I'm reposting this (slightly edited) comment in its own thread so more folks can see it.

We are often so obsessed with writing single characters we forget that the society and the group also have personalities, goals and subplots r/Screenwriting • u/1VentiChloroform share

In Mad Men, there is a line where Don Draper uses a lie to get out of a situation

Don Draper: "Sorry, we had to carry Freddie Rumsen out of Ratazzi's"

The implication being that Don was being responsible and Freddie is out of control and a alcoholic.

Is 30 to late an age to attempt a career in screenwriting? r/Screenwriting • u/skinny_89 share

I am relatively good at writing screenplays and have a few good ideas.

Fuck age. Write.


Started at 30. Signed at 35.

Never too late. Go for it!


Gerard Butler didn't move to Hollywood until he was 30. And the writer of "Watership Down" didn't start until his 50s.

30 is just getting started. I'm 3 years behind you and have a goal to be in showbusiness by 30.

This line from Mad Men reminds me how dialogue really works r/Screenwriting • u/1VentiChloroform share

Don Draper: "What do women want?"

Roger Sterling: "...Who cares?"


First off, this line is tremendous.

What if every person on Earth could see up to 2 minutes into their own future (at will, not constantly)? r/hypotheticalsituation • u/Jacob46719 share

Let's assume they can change the future too.

[WP] You find an antique gold compass with the words ”Moral Compass”. It will automatically point to the most morally good person within a 100 meter radius. You are on jury one day and when you look at the compass, it points to the convicted serial killer. r/WritingPrompts • u/8panckakes4ever share
[WP] You have made a large ouija board on the floor in front of the fireplace as a decoration. Your roomba has been randomly summoning demons and then sucking them up Luigi's mansion style. You have been passively watching this happen for about a week now. r/WritingPrompts • u/Crazy_ManMan share

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