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Authors Answer 145 – Tropes and Cliches

Most plots can’t even be summarized without mentioning a trope or two, especially in genre fiction.

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What’s the difference between a trope and a cliche? In literature, a trope is the use of figures of speech, basically. But it can also refer to common themes to various genres (for example, dark lords and the chosen one type of hero in fantasy). But that sounds like a cliche, doesn’t it? However, a cliche is something that is overused so that it loses its original meaning. This week, we’re talking about that, and the question comes from Gregory S. Close.

Question 145 – Do you avoid tropes and/or cliche in your writing? Why or why not?

Cyrus Keith

Tropes and cliches are WAY too much fun to totally leave behind. Overuse can make a story boring and pat. But if your can combine tropes into something totally new, you can do magic with it. Just learn that fine line on which to balance.

D. T. Nova

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Authors Answer 129 – Genres Helping Other Genres

Yes. The answer is yes.

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People usually read multiple genres, authors included. Authors usually write only one or two genres, though. But can they hone their writing skills in one genre by reading other genres?

Note: This is the first time Authors Answer has been late in 129 posts. I wrote a post about this. A lot of things were going on. #130 should be on time.

Question 129 – Do you think reading different genres can help you with writing in your chosen genre(s)?

Cyrus Keith

Of course. I write science fiction. But I taught myself how to write action sequences by reading Louis L’Amour’s westerns. I taught myself tension from Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. I learned revelation from Andre Norton, JRR Tolkein, and Robert Heinlein. The wider your experience, the more tools you get for your tool box.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I think it’s possible. Other genres can introduce you to new tropes…

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Authors Answer 65 – Convince Me to Read Your Genre

People like what they like, but it can be a shame when someone hasn’t given a genre a chance in the first place.

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You know the kind of person who says they don’t like your favourite genre, even though they’ve never read it before? The kind of person who says, “Oh, that’s stupid. Why would anyone read it?” I’m sure you’ve met a few. I know I have. If you are one of those people, these answers are for you!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 65 – What would you say to someone to convince them to read the genre you write in?

S. R. Carrillo

“Gay angel.” No, seriously. You’d be surprised what an uncommon word combination can do to intrigue someone. And it sums up my genre pretty well, I’d say – queer fantasy. One and done.

Gregory S. Close

If someone is convinced that they don’t like genre x,y or z then it’s hard to convince them to try it.  I’ve found the better approach is to find out what kind of stories a…

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Authors Answer 53 – Jumping on the Bandwagon

Looks like we’re all fairly close to agreeing on this one.

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Welcome to the second year of Authors Answer! We’re back for another year, and it should be an interesting one. All the familiar faces are back for this month. This week, we’re talking about the trends. Many genres and subgenres are quite popular these days. But would we try writing in those genres just for the money or popularity?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 53 – There have been a lot of trends in literature, such as zombies, sparkly vampires, and so on. Would you jump on the bandwagon and write a novel with a trendy subject?

H. Anthe Davis

Sort of?  I have a plan for a semi-steampunk story/world that I’m already beginning to work on with my partner-in-crime Erica, though the parts I’ve focused on so far aren’t the steampunk ones — that stuff is more of a distant backdrop to the religious and racial conflict going on.  There are also pseudo-zombies…

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Authors Answer 44 – Changing Genre for Money or Fame

Well, I know I wouldn’t write anything I couldn’t get myself interested in.

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Sometimes, writing in a genre that is over-saturated with a flood of books by indie authors can make it difficult to make any money or get recognised. The book gets lost, and so does the author. But how can an author stand out? Tracey Lynn  Tobin asks a question related to this.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 44: Would you ever consider writing in a genre outside your scope if you thought it would give you a better chance of exposure/financial gain?

Elizabeth Rhodes

I’ve thought about it sometimes.  I mean, YA and romance seem to get a lot of attention.  But that’s not me, it’s not my style.  I can’t even fit a romantic subplot in Jasper, much less design an entire book around one.  I think if I attempted, it wouldn’t be as successful, and therefore wouldn’t earn me the attention I’d be after in the first place.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

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Authors Answer 19 – Writing Beginnings

It’s pretty interesting how different people got started in different ways.

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We all start somewhere.  Anyone who does anything gets an initial inspiration to do whatever it is they do.  Writers are no exception.  What exactly is it that makes people want to write what they write?  What makes us pick up a pen (or put fingers on a keyboard) and write? This week’s question comes from our very own H. Anthe Davis.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 19: How did you get into writing and what made you select your genre of choice?

Linda G. Hill

I actually don’t feel as though I had a choice in either getting into writing or choosing a genre. I’ve been making up stories since Kindergarten – I remember writing a “book” at my mother’s friend’s dining room table and driving them both crazy because the only words I knew how to spell were “the” and “and.” I’ve been doing it ever since. Same with genre… It doesn’t…

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Authors Answer 11 – Genre Challenge

It can be pretty interesting when an author who mostly writes one genre tries their hand at something else.

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Many authors tend to stick with one or two genres.  They stay with what they know and they do it well.  But sometimes, authors may want to challenge another genre.  Try out something completely new.  Imagine a fantasy author tackling detective stories or a romance author challenging horror.  I wonder how that would turn out.

John_Wayne_-_1961Question 11: If you were going to write in a genre other than what you normally write, what would you like to try?

Elizabeth Rhodes

I would probably take a swing at writing something funny.  I’ve written scripts for a webcomic and had a lot of fun doing so, so I wouldn’t mind getting back into that.  But writing a script in general would be a break from the norm for me.

Linda G. Hill

This is Jay Dee.  Linda’s been a bit busy.  A popular blogger’s account was partially suspended, so she tried to

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