Posted by: victanguera | January 6, 2011

Troping Right Along

For today’s prompt, I’d like to explore tropes. They shouldn’t be confused with a cliché. From the TV Tropes website:

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés.

Lucky for us, they’ve compiled a list of tropes you can expect to find not only on TV, but in literature as well. So for today’s prompt, have a look around the site and find a trope and see how you can include it in a scene. But find a way to twist the trope. Can you combine it with another trope? Expand on it? For example in fairy tales, spare details are the norm (so that’s where I got that writing style from), so could you add rich details? Just don’t fall into the trap of writing in cliché (like this sentence).

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