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Terrible Writing Advice usually uploads two kinds of content: the numbered episodes, which focus on one trope (or a series of related tropes) across media, and the other videos, which do something else.

The numbered Terrible Writing Advice episodes, when posted on Beaubien's blog, also have a "My Honest Thoughts" section, which comments on the tropes conversed about without the tone. The numbered episodes are as follows, with what tropes they converse about (and often deconstruct, usually by admitting in some way that the deconstruction could never happen) in another bullet point (excluding the trope named in the title):


  1. Dystopias (August 30, 2016)
  2. Mary Suenote  (September 6, 2016)invoked
  3. Fantasy Races (September 13, 2016)
  4. Environmentalism (September 20, 2016)
  5. Alien Invasionnote  (September 27, 2016)
  6. Urban Fantasy (October 20, 2016)
  7. Slasher Films (October 30, 2016)
  8. Marketing and Promotionnote  (January 21, 2017)
  9. Magic Schools (February 4, 2017)
  10. Evil Empires (February 16, 2017)
  11. Writer's Block (March 3, 2017)
  12. Post Apocalyptic (March 22, 2017)
  13. Chosen Ones (April 13, 2017)
  14. Beginning a Story (May 6, 2017)
  15. War Stories (May 29, 2017)
  16. Taking Criticism (June 29, 2017)
  17. Alien Ecosystems (August 13, 2017)
  18. Antiheroes (September 1, 2017)
  19. Finishing a Story (September 27, 2017)
    • Rather than focusing on Ending Tropes, this one is all about the writer becoming The Perfectionist concerning an unfinished work, to the point where they neglect completing the first draft as they focus on editing and re-editing the already written chapters. It also features tropes previously covered in Marketing and Promotion and Taking Criticism.
  20. Cyberpunk (October 28, 2017)
  21. Survival Horror (October 31, 2017)
  22. Fantasy Battles (November 20, 2017)
  23. Giving Criticism (December 23, 2017)
  24. Intrigue Plots (January 6, 2018)
  25. Dark Lords (February 14, 2018)
  26. Action Scenes (March 10, 2018)
  27. Worldbuilding Cultures (March 31, 2018)
  28. Character Development (April 14, 2018)
  29. Steampunk (May 17, 2018)
  30. Rivals (July 13, 2018)
  31. Science Fiction Weapons (August 12, 2018)
  32. Grimdark (September 15, 2018)
  33. Plotting A Story (October 13, 2018)
  34. Cosmic Horror (October 29, 2018)
  35. Noble Houses (November 10, 2018)
  36. Holiday Specials (December 8, 2018)
  37. Spies (January 12, 2019)
  38. Love Interests (February 11, 2019)
  39. Megacorporations (March 9, 2019)
  40. Characterization (April 13, 2019)
  41. Comic Relief Characters (May 11, 2019)
  42. Giant Monsters (June 9, 2019)
  43. Avoiding Scams (July 13, 2019)
  44. Myths, Legends, and Gods (August 10, 2019)
  45. Alpha Heroes (September 15, 2019)
  46. Franchise Reboots (October 12, 2019)
  47. Zombie Apocalypse (October 31, 2019)
  48. Ending A Story (November 9, 2019)
  49. Villains (December 16, 2019)
  50. Military Science Fiction (January 12, 2020)
  51. Power Fantasy (April 12, 2020)
  52. Dungeon Master's Guide (June 14, 2020)
  53. Mentors (Jul 27, 2020)
The non-numbered
Terrible Writing Advice videos usually stray from the main format in some way. These include:

  • Welcome To Terrible Writing Advice (August 30, 2016)
    • An introductory episode, which firmly establishes the sarcastic tone of videos to come, interspersed with an occasional honest thought (such as, for this video, that there is actually a lot of terrible writing advice out there).
  • How not to write Star Wars (December 12, 2016)
    • Rather than pick on one trope portrayed by a lot of media (even if a particular example and its snowclones are concerned first and foremost), this video picks on a lot of tropes in one type of media, in this case Star Wars movies. This includes the Opening Scroll, the specific plots of the movies, the Stupid Evil The Empire exhibits and the Standard Sci-Fi Fleet. It is also included in the Terrible Writing Advice playlist, which means that YouTube automatically lists videos 8 and onwards on the playlist as one number higher than the title card.
  • The Nature of Clichés - Honest Thoughts (October 6, 2017)
    • A significant departure from Terrible Writing Advice in both episode length and theme, this video talks about tropes in general (with specific focus on clichés). It points out, among other things, that Tropes Are Tools (and therefore neither good nor bad) and that critics are more attuned to spotting tropes than the general audience (which Beaubien explicitly labels as TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life). It also extensively discusses the Percussive Pickpocket trope as something that ruined Beaubien's immersion, and suggests ways to lampshade or subvert it. Naturally, since this is an "Honest Thoughts" video, the terrible writing advice goes on the blog.
  • Finding your voice - Amazing Writing Advice (April 1, 2018)
    • A Mirror Universe live-action episode which features J.P. Beaubien himself giving good advice while remaining fairly snarky. Despite being an April Fools' Day gag, some of the advice he gives is given in Sincerity Mode, such as making sure to read a lot for inspiration, and checking out classic literature because those stories have withstood the test of time. However, some of the advice he gives falls under Sarcasm Mode. He dismisses genre fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, etc.) and says to only focus on classic literature, despite the fact that J.P. is a fantasy writer. He also says clichés are bad and should be avoided, which contradicts his stance on clichés in "The Nature of Clichés - Honest Thoughts".
  • Terrible Writing Advice Merch Announcement (February 14, 2019)
    • An announcement for Terrible Writing Advice merchandise, including two enamel pins (flaming pencil and the Love Triangle), as well as a Love Triangle tee. Midway, the presentation is taken over by the Dark Lord, up until he fails to deliver on how awesome the Love Triangle is, at which point J.P. cuts back in and plays the role of the director.
  • The Eye of Argon Dramatic Reading (April 1, 2019)
  • Apology Video Template (July 26, 2019)
    • A parody video template for people to use when they get swept up in internet controversy. Follows the tone of his normal videos, but involves J.P. talking into a camera instead of using animation.

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