Over at TV Tropes ( http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage ) they say, this wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.
So what does this all mean? What is this fabulous event (from July 7th through July 22) all about? Well, I’ve invited my friend and Best Selling Author, Kayelle Allen here to explain.
Kayelle, before we begin with your book and how you’ve fit it into Snarkology, can you give a brief idea how this Periodic Table of Storytelling chart works to the benefit all authors in structuring their characters and storylines?
In literature, a trope is a theme that recurs across a genre, like the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. It’s similar to archetypes and clichés, although not necessarily negative in aspect. Tropes are often considered shorthand by writers. Readers expect heroes or villains to react in certain ways. Writers can alter those expectations by having the characters act in different manners, or by giving the characteristics of a hero to the villain, and vice versa. There are thousands of tropes.
Now for the good stuff…tell us why you picked The Last Vhalgenn to use for the elemental storytelling building chart?
The Last Vhalgenn is my only first person narrative. It’s unique in other ways as well. The entire story is told from one person’s point of view, and I usually switch between various characters. For this year’s elemental theme, I decided to focus on the aspects of this story because it is so unlike what I usually write. Even though it’s different, it still has some of the basic themes that all writers use. In The Last Vhalgenn, the backstory is critical to the current theme. The history of these characters to one another drives the action in ways no other detail can. If they did not have the rich history among and between them, the story would have gone a different direction.
Can you tell us how authors can use this chart to build their own characters?
The chart has active links between the various items on its “face” and the full site. Click them to get an idea about each item. For example, if you look at the letters HFT — this is Heel Face Turn. It means a bad guy has changed his ways and become good. The letters FHT mean Face Heel Turn, and is the opposite — a good guy goes bad. Figure out what you want your character to do, and then find it on this chart and look up the tropes that go with it to develop him/her further.
Thank you so much for coming by today Kayelle – I won’t keep you, I know how busy an author’s schedule is – so readers I’m only giving you the SIZZLE of this STEAK! (Oooh stop the groaning!!! You all know me by now – I’m a tease! That will never change!) So come get the BEEF!!!
The Big Event’s Opening Day starts today (July 7th) with Kayelle Allen! Other fabulous authors (Including me ;-D ) that are participating are ~
July 7 Kayelle Allen
July 8 Jax Daniels
July 9 Nicole Zoltack
July 10 Houston Havens
July 11 Melissa Snark
July 13 Caroline Warfield
July 14 Jude Knight
July 15 Emily Walker
July 16 Mari Christie
July 17 Jami Brumfield
Just to name a few – come see the rest of the scheduled authors and have some fun with us at The Snarkology and the Elemental Storytelling Event!
Here is the link to come visit and enjoy learning about the craft as you read this chart. What you gain by visiting this event for the next 16 days will be equivalent to what took us Best Selling Authors years and years of studying to learn. This isn’t a ‘get rich’ scheme but it sure is a learn your craft fast so you’ll be years ahead of other authors who don’t come visit us at: http://bit.ly/1HzO5S1
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