on Writers Helping Writers:
Every genre and medium of storytelling uses tropes, common themes or story devices. For example, a popular trope in the romance genre is “enemies to lovers,” where the characters start as enemies before falling in love.
Most articles we come across in the writing world discuss avoidingtropes. After all, they can be the result of lazy writing and lead to predictability in our stories.
However, tropes aren’t all bad. In fact, we usually can’t avoid including at least a few in our writing. So how can we make tropes work for our story?