Have you ever heard an agent or editor say “I’ve seen this trope before” or “this is an old trope”. What does it mean? In storytelling, a trope can be described as shortcuts for describing situations an author can reasonably assume the audience will recognize. But does this mean all tropes are bad? No. It’s up to the author to put a creative spin on an old trope so the audience doesn’t tire of the situation. Or at best, this is to say they have to bring something new to the table regarding the trope.
We not only see tropes in books, but also movies. A few months ago, I learned of a cool website called TV Tropes. It seems like a great place to help authors recognize tropes they might think isn’t one. And if you don’t write, it’s kind of fun poking around anyway. The main tropes have been indexed by Genre, Media, Narrative, and Topical. But there are 36 other categories to peruse.
So if you’re a writer, check this sight out and put a fresh twist on a well known trope! I dare you.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. And yes, this is a branch of the Oscars!
If you write screenplays and haven’t earned more than $25,000 for writing fictional work for film or television, then this contest is for you. Up to five fellowships for $35,000 are awarded each year. Please read the entire guidelines and obligations before submitting. There is a small entry fee, with an option to also purchase reader comments. And who doesn’t love feedback? Although there are three separate deadlines, the final entry deadline is May 1, 2017.
ICM Partners is searching for an assistant for one of their literary agents. This would be a relocation to New York, if you don’t already live there. But what a great opportunity and perhaps a book lovers dream. ICM represents bestselling authors of fiction, self-help, and non-fiction books. They also frequently work with a team of agents in Los Angeles exclusively seeking opportunities for film or television adaptations. What fun!
For their application guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!
For those who don’t know, my daughter is Brienna Voice. She barely started acting a few years back when, um, she got herself knocked up. So she took a hiatus before she really got started. But my grandson was worth it!
Lil’ Dude with his momma!
Now she’ll be on NBC‘s Chicago P.D. Wednesday, March 23 at 9pm CMT (10pm EST) and was hand selected by the director. Okay, okay, so it’s a non-speaking FEATURED roll, but I’m proud of her for getting back into the swing of things. She has a dream, just like I do with my writing. And we all know, if you don’t start, you can’t finish! Whenever possible, I support her in every way (so click her IMDB page again). She’s grown into such a beautiful young woman and I believe great things are coming her way.