Definitive List of Cliched Dialogue “The Definitive List of Cliché Dialogue” started with U.K.-based screenwriter Kevin Lehane. I explained the background in a post here back in November, 2009:
Yesterday I posted a response to a reader question from Annika W: Does a Mentor character always have to be right? In comments, a discussion arose about the movie Wall Street, so I figured it would be interesting for us to analyze that movie per its character archetypes. For background on five primary character archetypes (Protagonist, Nemesis, Attractor, Mentor, Trickster) you can go here to an early post I put together on the subject. Character archetypes in WALL STREET
The simple automated character name generator below will help in your search for interesting and unique character names, male or female. Have you struggled to imagine a suitable name for your story or novel character? Maybe you've checked in baby books or have flipped through the phonebook looking for the right combination of names, and still you can't find one you like? Follow these suggestions for naming fictional characters and then have fun choosing one at the bottom of the page with the random character name generator. First, decide whether you'll refer to your character by his or her full name, first name, surname, or a nickname. Remain consistent. Character Name Generator
25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever.
Study, Learn, and Read Some ESL speakers have trouble with these verbs. To study is to apply the mind to the acquisition of knowledge. Books are the first avenue that comes to mind, but as the object of study is the acquisition of knowledge, other means include observation and experiment. Daily Writing Tips
Thirty Tools for Writers [Author’s note: Of the many things I’ve written for the Poynter website, none has been as popular as my "Twenty Tools for Writers." This list has been quoted, cited, praised, debated, and repurposed by writers, editors, teachers, and other professionals who care about the craft. That folks find these tools useful gives me courage.