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048: Just Say Nope to Tropes

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
048: Just Say Nope to Tropes

This episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick is a park cast! It’s just too hot and stuffy in the lush (as in swampy) and lavish studios of MWS Media, so I recorded this one strolling around a big local park. Enjoy the ambience as I talk about how and why new fiction writers (heck, all fiction writers) must avoid the pit of mediocrity that is tropes and genre expectations.

Do you want your fiction to be known for what it’s similar to? Or do you want people to hold up your work as the new standard? Just say nope to tropes, and write from your heart and soul.

“If you make cookies with cookie cutters, your cookies will look just like the cookies from everyone else who bought those cookie cutters.”

What do you think? Leave a comment; let’s talk about it!

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