Novel Approaches 022 – Tropes and Clichés

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Novel Approaches 022 – Tropes and Clichés
January 24, 2020

In the first 2020 installment of Novel Approaches, guest co-hosts Maggie Derrick and r.r. campbell explore what tropes and clichés are, the role genre plays in determining whether they’re fulfilling or unflattering, and the importance of working with editors and sensitivity readers.

Other topics include donuts with sprinkles, Merriam and/or Webster’s angst toward clichés, and robots, but not the fun kind.

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2 thoughts on “Novel Approaches 022 – Tropes and Clichés

  1. What stood out to me over the course of this this captivating podcast conversation are the following:

    1. Using tropes as common reference points—except when we rely on stereotypes or negativisms.

    2. The idea of employing beta and sensitivity readers (additional pairs of eyes) gives a writer perspectives from a broad and diverse pool.

    3. Topes vs. cliches is in the eye of the beholder.

    4. As long as you’re not using tropes and cliches as a crutch or lazy writing (to come up with something better), then they’re not the worst thing in the world.

    5. The importance of being well-read in the genre we aspire to write it.

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