History Literature / HowNOTToWriteANovel

22nd Aug '16 2:56:15 AM DoctorNemesis
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* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must include your AuthorAppeal in the work then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.

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* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must ''must'' include your AuthorAppeal in the work (and you usually don't) then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.
29th Jun '16 4:34:49 PM KTera
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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday?: The entire point of "I Am Expressing My Sexuality." They recommend against it.

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday?: HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: The entire point of "I Am Expressing My Sexuality." They recommend against it.
17th May '16 11:15:09 PM StongRadd
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The book, naturally, is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how not to write a novel.]] It is probably the only self-help book that you'll want to read over and over, because it's actually ''funny''. It includes many "samples" (written by the authors, though they claim they're [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on submissions they received as editors]]) of writing that range from "good prose, but used tropes vitally wrong" to "[[BileFascination OhgodIcan'tlookbutIhaveto.]]"

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The book, naturally, is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how not to write a novel.]] It is probably the only self-help book that you'll want to read over and over, because it's actually ''funny''.''amusing'' to read. It includes many "samples" (written by the authors, though they claim they're [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on submissions they received as editors]]) of writing that range from "good prose, but used tropes vitally wrong" to "[[BileFascination OhgodIcan'tlookbutIhaveto.]]"
13th May '16 11:43:47 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* SlowPacedBeginning: "The Waiting Room" advises that exposition and background should wait until the actual plot is kicked off, lest readers lose interest. It also advises that InMediaRes can be used to this effect without delaying the plot.

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* SlowPacedBeginning: "The Waiting Room" advises that exposition and background should wait until the actual plot is kicked off, lest readers lose interest. It also advises that InMediaRes InMediasRes can be used to this effect provided chunks of exposition without delaying the plot.plot. [[invoked]]
13th May '16 11:40:30 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* MarySue[=/=]MartyStu[=/=]AuthorAvatar (but not so much that last one): "I Complete Me." They ''do'' say that it's perfectly acceptable, but when your character starts exhibiting Sue-like tendencies... well, don't pick out that outfit to wear on {{Oprah}} quite yet.[[invoked]]

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* MarySue[=/=]MartyStu[=/=]AuthorAvatar (but not so much that last one): "I Complete Me." They ''do'' say that it's perfectly acceptable, but when your character starts exhibiting Sue-like tendencies... well, don't pick out that outfit to wear on {{Oprah}} Oprah quite yet.[[invoked]]


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* SlowPacedBeginning: "The Waiting Room" advises that exposition and background should wait until the actual plot is kicked off, lest readers lose interest. It also advises that InMediaRes can be used to this effect without delaying the plot.
17th Apr '16 7:39:00 AM Berrenta
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* GetOnWithItAlready: "The Waiting Room" and "The Long Runway".
13th Apr '16 3:13:31 PM CorporalPie
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Some of the headings parody awkward prose this way. Notable examples: "The Penis-Like Sausage" and ""Fuck you," He Said Profanely".
4th Apr '16 8:44:20 PM N.Harmonik
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* ClicheStorm: "Breeding Contempt" advises against using too many hackneyed turns of phrase. While they usually became clichés for a reason (they are vivid and evocative), and they are sometimes so commonplace that the have entered the common vocabulary (e.g. "drop dead gorgeous"), relying too much on them will make an author's writing seem unimaginative.[[invoked]]

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* ClicheStorm: "Breeding Contempt" advises against using too many hackneyed turns of phrase. While they usually became clichés for a reason (they are vivid and evocative), and they are sometimes so commonplace that the they have entered the common vocabulary (e.g. "drop dead gorgeous"), relying too much on them will make an author's writing seem unimaginative.[[invoked]]



* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must include your AuthorAppeal in the work then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.



* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must include your AuthorAppeal in the work then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.



* ShoutOut: They occasionally make random references, some named, some unnamed. These include ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the Underpants Gnomes]], Literature/AChildCalledIt, [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]], GoneWithTheWind, Literature/GravitysRainbow and so on.



* ShoutOut: They occasionally make random references, some named, some unnamed. These include ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the Underpants Gnomes]], Literature/AChildCalledIt, [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]], GoneWithTheWind, Literature/GravitysRainbow and so on.
15th Mar '16 6:51:36 PM LadyJafaria
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* HaveAGayOldTime: Among words you aren't advised to use just for the sake of making the writing fancier (see SesquipedalianLoquaciousness below) is "ejaculated" in its old sense of "exclaimed."
6th Mar '16 3:24:09 PM Folamh3
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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: "Channeling the E! Channel" says there's nothing wrong with having a character look like a celebrity, but explicitly stating that they do is a no-no.

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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: "Channeling the E! Channel" says there's nothing wrong with having a character look like a celebrity, but [[TextualCelebrityResemblance explicitly stating that they do do]] is a no-no.
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