The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group

Tropes!

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I don’t know how many of you are familiar with TvTropes.org, but it is a goldmine of information about just about every type of trope that exists in just about every form of storytelling. To be clear, a trope is not the same thing as a cliche. As the website puts it, tropes are “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.” Instead of boring you guys with an expanded definition or examples, I am simply going to direct you to this story generator, and encourage you to click around. Who knows? It might inspire your next great idea (or help you waste several hours.) Enjoy!

P.S. – Happy Labor Day!

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