The Periodic Table of Storytelling -- This amazing graphic takes some of the thousands of tropes (conventions and devices found within creative works) from the TV Tropes wiki and sets them out in a very creative way. / Nov 12 '13
There are HOW MANY Obstacles on the Hero’s Journey?! Nothing is ever easy for the hero! On the monomythical Hero’s Journey, the main character must endure a “Trail of Trials.” There are an average of 15 obstacles in the middle of the first books of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight.
I made a very detailed list of all of the things I like in stories, and I've been trying to incorporate those things into my own works, and I am pleased to say that I've noticed a slight improvement in my writing.