What’s a Trope?

Hello, My Writing Colleague,

By definition, a trope is a common theme or device. In regards to fiction writing, these are the familiar hoops that characters jump through. They differ somewhat depending upon the genre.

For example, common Sci-Fi tropes include interstellar travel, time travel, and superpowers.

Romance tropes include one lover has social status and money and the other doesn’t, an accidental pregnancy, and forbidden love.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Make a list of the tropes you are including in your work in progress.