EPISODE 13: Writing tropes to supercharge your fiction and create reader-crack

Welcome to the Rage Against the Manuscript podcast. Tropes are reader-crack. Readers love and actively search for their favorite tropes, and as a clever author you can use tropes to create stories that attract your ideal readers. In this episode I wax lyrical about tropes and why they’re awesome.


Mentioned in this episode: TV Tropes website. The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson


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In this episode:

  • What tropes are, and why readers love ‘em.

  • Why tropes are cliches and you shouldn’t give a shit.

  • How you can use tropes to quickly build an exciting plot. 

  • My trick for subverting and flipping tropes.

  • Examples! Examples galore!

  • Where you can find information about common tropes.

    "Many readers say they hate tropes and tropes are cliches and they don’t want tropey books. But readers LIE."

    Steff Green

    Author of How to Rock Self-Publishing.

    If you've got a question you want to ask me about self-publishing or writing or building a career as an author, head over to the Rage Against the Manuscript FB group or email me steff@rageagainstthemanuscript.com and I’ll talk about it on a future episode. Happy writing! 


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