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Website / Springhole

Go To is a website created by an individual named Syera Miktayee.

It mainly offers advice for writers on how to write better qualities of stories, both fanfiction and original fiction, with a slight jokey side but mainly not rude, although it is not 100% polite and sometimes uses words like "ass" and "damn". In addition to the writing advice, it also offers tips on psychology and roleplaying, as well as a few random generators, quizzes and joke articles and an alternate universe called Soulmettle, formerly Above and Beyond.


Springhole provides examples of

  • Animate Inanimate Object: The author notes that in some fairytales, "everything is sentient, up to and including inanimate objects like pins and needles. What's more, they might attack you."
  • Anti-Villain: Deconstructed in "No, Thanos Was Not Justified" and reconstructed in "How To Write Sympathetic Antagonists Without Endorsing Or Excusing Their Actions, & Without Making Your Protagonists Seem Heartless"
  • Artistic License – Biology: Some articles are designed to prevent this trope.
    • One is about things writers need to know about plants.
    • One is about things writers need to know about birth and babies.
  • Artistic License – Religion: One article is about tropes inspired by Christianity that aren't in the Bible.
  • Asexuality: Defined in an article about sexual orientation and gender.
  • As the Good Book Says...: One myth about doomsday believers listed on an article is "Just read the Bible, it clearly says..."
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  • Author Tract: Can fall into this from time to time.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • In "Keeping Magic From Taking Over Your Story", bringing people back from the dead is a hypothetical example of something magic cannot do right.
    • In "List of Fairytale Tropes and Cliches", one of them is coming back from the dead.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: In a list of fairytale tropes, the author points out how in fairytales, the good guys are described as pretty and all the ones described as ugly are evil.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: One blunder writers are said by Syera to make when writing children is children being fearless in situations where adults would "wet their pants in terror".
  • The Bully: One article is on how to write bullies. Other articles involve how to avoid characters seeming like bullies.
  • Came Back Wrong: The creator lists "coming back in a monstrous form" as a possible reason why magic cannot bring people back from the dead in an article meant to help writers prevent their stories from being taken over by magic.
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  • Character Death: Discussed in lots of articles, and is a main point in the articles "Things About Death, Dying & Murder Writers Need to Know", "Tips & Advice on Killing Main Characters" and "The Worst & Most Frustrating Ways to Kill Off Main Characters".
  • Christmas Episode: One article is about overused Christmas tropes the author hates.
  • Cliché: Some plot devices are thought to be cliches by the author and some articles are on how to avoid cliches.
  • Death of a Child: On a list of fairytale tropes, one of them is murdering children and eating them.
  • The Diaper Change: The author mentions changing diapers as a negative aspect on baby-rearing in their article on birth and babies.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas: The author dislikes this trope due to thinking it's insulting to those below the equator or where it doesn't snow.
  • Fan Fic: Some of the articles are specifically about fanfiction.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: The author doesn't really appreciate this trope and sometimes tries to help writers keep track of items to avoid forgetting them.
  • God: Discussed in the article "Things That Show Up In Christianity-Inspired Fiction That Aren't In the Bible".
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: In a list of common fairytale tropes, Syera calls evil queens a "cliche".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Syera often talks about how easily-irked people should not have certain jobs (e.g. being a servant).
  • Happy Ending: In the article on fairytale myths, one myth is that all old fairytales don't have happy endings.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: One of the hypothetical examples for the Association Fallacy is a boy wanting to go vegetarian but his mother pointing out that Hitler was a vegetarian.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Eating children is mentioned to be a fairytale cliche.
  • Idiot Ball: Syera says that a character making an inexplicably dumb choice is very frustrating if they end up dying because of it.
  • Jerkass: Mean characters are mentioned in several articles, along with subtropes. Syera actually uses this word in one article.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One article is about how to write "lovable jerks".
  • Kill the Cutie: The creator of the site mentions that killing off cute and/or chipper characters to show how grim the story is is frustrating.
  • The Klutz: They mention that FBI agents shouldn't be clumsy.
  • The Lancer: One article is about how to write sidekicks.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: The author lists "fourteen-month pregnancies" as a possible result of writers losing track of time.
  • Made of Plasticine: The article Things About Death, Dying & Murder Writers Need to Know" helps writers avert this by stating how humans are a lot harder to kill than most people think.
  • Moe: In-Universe, there's an article on how to write cute characters.
  • The Nameless: Syera points out how this is a common trope in fairytales, where many people don't have names, even the protagonists.
  • Original Character: There are articles on how to write fanfiction with an OC protagonist and how to make OC's who are related to canon characters.
  • Pet-Peeve Trope: In-Universe, Syera doesn't like some tropes, mostly due to being inappropriate or unrealistic.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: In the list of fairytale tropes, birds are listed as often talking to give advice.
  • Potty Failure: In the article on how to correctly write children, one mistake listed is children being fearless in scenarios where adults would "wet their pants in terror".
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: One article defines this trope and gives advice on how to avoid it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Syera notes that we tend to imagine demons as having "red/orange/yellow eyes".
  • Rule of Three: In one article, Syera notes that in fairytales, people are often given three "impossible" tasks and that the numbers three and seven are "everywhere".
  • Santa Claus: The author evidently doesn't believe in Santa.
  • Saving Christmas: The author hates this trope due to finding it overused.
  • Scare 'em Straight: One myth mentioned in the article on fairytale myths is that fairytales were invented to scare children into behaving.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe, the author often points out that Wesley Crusher and River Song are hated.
  • Shapeshifting:
    • One article is called "Keeping Shapeshifters From Getting Overpowered".
    • Syera mentions that lots of people transform or get transformed in fairytales.
    • One article is about things people should consider before transforming somebody.
  • Shout-Out: The author makes a lot of pop culture references to use as examples. Works referenced include My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Star Trek, The Hunger Games, Charmed, Eragon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Sailor Moon, Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, The Princess and the Frog, Mulan, X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Avengers (2012), Iron Man, Peter Pan, The Bible and Twilight.
  • The Shrink: One article is about how to write psychologists.
  • Stereotype: The author sometimes talks about these, why they're wrong, and how to avoid them.
  • Take That!:
    • Syera often uses Bella Swan as an example of how not to do something.
    • In an article complaining about badly-written stories with dragons, Syera calls Eragon a "gibbering monster".
  • Tears of Joy: Syera mentions in the article on writing children that if a kid sees someone crying because they're happy, they might get confused.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Syera notes in the start of the article on writing predatory people, that any type of person can be a predator.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Syera once notes that a frustrating way for a character to die is due to making an inexplicably dumb choice.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: The list of "Christmas Tropes that Need to DIE" is written in a noticeably more negative tone than other articles.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Syera calls these "super allergies" and doesn't mind them so long as they're not the character's only weakness and they're not random and unrealistic.


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