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Happy Trope Book Idea birthday!

As I opened my computer this morning to go back to work on the Neighbor from Hell trope (a super fun one to write by the way), I saw my first ever file of notes on writing a trope book, dated five years ago this week.

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

As I opened my computer this morning to go back to work on the Neighbor from Hell trope (a super fun one to write by the way), I saw my first ever file of notes on writing a trope book, dated five years ago this week.

This whole project is the brain child of my dear and brilliant friend, Damon Suede, who first suggested I was the right person to write a comprehensive book on romance tropes. He pointed out my 75 or so romance novels as proof that I knew enough about romance tropes to fill a book.

I don’t think either of us anticipated how the project would balloon–I know I certainly didn’t. My original plan was to collect a list of romance tropes (I mean, how many could there be?), write several pages on each one, and put it into a book. My first draft write up on a trope was two pages long.

But then the pandemic happened and I had time to really think about how a writer might use a book on tropes, and my one draft trope started evolving. It took four years for the final format of the books to take shape and for my first trope book to finally come together..

Honestly, if anything else comes along that I need to add to the standard format, I’ll still go back and add it in. My goal remains to put out a handy reference book for working writers that can be grabbed, an entry read in a few minutes, lots of ideas sparked, and help the writer be off and writing again quickly.

If y’all have ideas or suggestions for things I need to add to the books to make them more useful, by all means, please let me know!

Happy…book idea? to me!

This whole project is the brain child of my dear and brilliant friend, Damon Suede, who first suggested I was the right person to write a comprehensive book on romance tropes. He pointed out my 75 or so romance novels as proof that I knew enough about romance tropes to fill a book.

I don’t think either of us anticipated how the project would balloon–I know I certainly didn’t. My original plan was to collect a list of romance tropes (I mean, how many could there be?), write several pages on each one, and put it into a book. My first draft write up on a trope was two pages long.

But then the pandemic happened and I had time to really think about how a writer might use a book on tropes, and my one draft trope started evolving. It took four years for the final format of the books to take shape and for my first trope book to finally come together..

Honestly, if anything else comes along that I need to add to the standard format, I’ll still go back and add it in. My goal remains to put out a handy reference book for working writers that can be grabbed, an entry read in a few minutes, lots of ideas sparked, and help the writer be off and writing again quickly.

If y’all have ideas or suggestions for things I need to add to the books to make them more useful, by all means, please let me know!

Happy…book idea (is that a thing?) to me!

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