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Cyberscribes - Tropes Challenge

Welcome to the Albuquerque Ink Slinger's Cyberscribes!


Write a piece in any genre that is no more than 10 minutes reading time and includes one of the major plot tropes and two of the minor tropes.  These should be easily identifiable - the more hackneyed the better. 

What is a trope you ask?  A trope is a literary cliche.  A plot device that is overused or far too familiar.  Read the below and see if all these don't ring some bells:

Major tropes:

1. Evil Twin / unknown twin

2. Fake death

3. One last big score

4. Underdog beats pro

5. Deus ex machina

6. Mistaken identity

7. Amnesia

8.  Orphan, eventually revealed of other character

9. Switched at birth

10.  Dream sequence

11. Evil former friend

12. Too drunk to remember

13. Damsel in distress

14. Gets in known stupid/trouble situation for buddy

14. Nerdy girl/guy makeover to hot

15. Mistaken for real culprit

Minor Tropes:

1. Lucky shot/bet/throw/etc

2. A dark and stormy night

3.  Going into dark room/up stairs/into basement

4. Screeching cat out of dark

5. Beginner's luck beats all

6. Someone appears in mirror behind character

7. Delayed explosion or doesn't explode

8. Angry police captain yells and demands badge

9. Car chase

10. Flashback to eeriely relevant situation

11. Bad guys have poor marksmanship - hero is great shot

12. Hero saves group who got themselves in trouble

13. I told you so. . .  when they didn't

14. Hacking computer takes just minutes

15. Easily find outfit of guard/cleaner to infiltrate location

16. Love at first sight / hate at first sight

17.  Thought dead or unconscious but jumps up in nick of time

18. Manical laughter or monologuing

19. Flashlight stops working at key moment

20. Car won't start when most needed

21. Trip and fall when being chased

22. Knock someone unconscious with single blow



This meetup is devoted to sharing new things we have discovered, getting feedback/encouragement on our writing, and networking with fellow cyberscribes.

Cyberscribes details and information:

  • We welcome any genre of writer - fiction, non-fiction, poetry or blog/web.
  • This is an informal discussion and review format.
  • You may bring something short to share to any meeting but you don't have to.
  • We do verbal sharing with online posting for review if requested.
  • Feel free to bring dinner - hard to participate if you're hungry.
  • New writers or those who aren't writing yet are welcome.
  • This meetup is older child friendly as long as they are reasonably self-entertaining.
  • Feel free to bring a laptop - Page One does have WiFi.
  • You may come late or leave early depending on your need.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Sean H.

    "Groovy" Ash, Evil Dead II

    April 8, 2013

  • Beverly L.

    Good meeting, nice to see all of you and big welcome to Lamonte. I enjoyed the troupes.

    April 8, 2013

  • Beverly L.

    Paul decided to come at the last minute, yeah!

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, but I won't be able to attend after all. I broke a tooth this weekend and have to work in a dentist visit on Monday.

    April 7, 2013

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