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My goodness, here I go again.

 

https://tvtropes.org/

If you wanted to keep up with the latest the current trends in media, look no further than TV Tropes! They've got help materials for every genre. Do you need a trope for your thriller short story? Here's Chekhov's Gun. Stuck on what's considered cutting edge in a romance? Try their newest rehash of a classic Love Triangle (or don't, yikes!) Better yet, you get to open folders (if you scroll down) to see examples of that trope in other media, ranging from my favorite Anime/Manga medium to their uses in Live Action films.

 

https://genius.com/

Suppose you didn't quite understand a piece of media, like a poem or a song, and you wanted the analysis so your pedantic character can show off in a monologue. You could check Genius for the analysis. One song I didn't understand completely was Ed Sheerhan's "The A Team." When I read the interpretation on Genius, I found out it was describing an extremely unfortunate situation. Then I watched the music video and it was heart-wrenching to say the least.

 

https://www.quotes.net/

Let's say you have a main character who's a devout atheist. You'll want to look up quotes from prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens and see if they have any quotes your character might live by, for example: "The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction..." --Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer...😅

 

Here's where I offer you a panoply of Beat Sheets which you can use for outlining your story to more-or-less encompass the plot points of The Hero's Journey. It's from Save the Cat for novels, and most of them are Excel sheets, though you could theoretically use goggle spreadsheets to open them too.

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