I’m not sure if Jane Espenson would claim she came up with the term “Clams,” but I’m attributing it to her.
Clams are basically cliché story moments, particularly TV moments. Amongst Jane’s great writing advice, she always aims to find and eliminate any clams in her stories.
I’m sure her, and many other writers, have their own databases of these clichés. But I wanted to start my own. Feel free to share yours either here, send me a Tweet (@magoogs) or email me, chrismcgowannet@gmail. I’ll add them to this growing list. I’ll tag these all as #clams so we can always find them.
And this one starts us off.
There’s a mysterious badass villain (could be a hero too) in a helmet. They usually are riding a motorcycle. ”He” comes to a stop, post-kicking ass, and takes off the helmet. Zoom in on the reveal that… it’s a GIRL!