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The Tropoholic's Guide to Backstory Romance Tropes by Cindy Dees

The Tropoholic’s Guide to Backstory Romance Tropes

NYT and USAT bestselling author and screenwriter, Cindy Dees, brings her formidable skills as a master storyteller and master writing teacher to this encyclopedic series analyzing the major tropes used in modern commercial fiction. 

 In this volume, Cindy explores 33 iconic backstory romance tropes, the stories made up of the lingering problems, scars, and needs from your hero’s and heroine’s pasts that must be overcome before they can achieve happiness and true love.
Written by a working writer for working writers, this is a comprehensive reference guide and brainstorming tool to help you quickly generate ideas, create characters and plot, revise and edit, brand and market your story. You’ll write faster, cleaner, and deliver your audience a story they’ll recognize and love.
If you’re writing a novel, script, play, comic, graphic novel, video game script, or any other story format, this book is for you. If you’re writing a love story specifically, or you’re writing any genre of fiction in which you’d like to include a romantic relationship, this book is for you.

Each trope entry includes:

  • a detailed definition and analysis
  • descriptions of all obligatory scenes necessary to structure this trope correctly
  • lists of additional key scenes important to this trope
  • an extensive list of questions to think about when writing this trope
  • an extensive list of traps to avoid when writing this trope
  • reasons why audiences love this trope
  • a list of similar tropes
  • a list of examples of each trope in action taken from television, film, and novels

…every kind of writer in every genre of fiction is going to want these guides in their go-to reference books…

…a tour de force how-to on creating stories audiences adore…

…the books every writer has been waiting for—a comprehensive walk-through by an industry pro of everything to think about when building a story of pretty much any kind…

March 5, 2024

Cynthia Dees Publishing

340 pages


Available at leading online retailers