Tropes and Cliches

A plastic yellow bucket.

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Yeah, yeah, happy new year, I’ve been gone a long time, did NaNo, hope 2012 is better than 2011, blah blah blah…

And now for links to two great blog posts on tropes and cliches and avoiding them; making your characters sweat buckets of blood, and sweating those buckets of blood yourself to twist and turn to avoid the trope traps.

Trope Avoidance: How to Stop Writing What Everyone Else is Writing by Kameron Hurley

CLICHE KILLER PART TWO: The Revengening, by Zoe Marriott


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