Well, #InkRipples for March has another new word for me. Tropes. Are you familiar with the word, or am I just illiterate? So, if I planned to write about tropes, I had to find out what in the world they were. Thanks to the fabulous Internet, I now have an idea.
Here's what I found from Wikipedia. A literary trope is the use of figurative language. It can be a word, phrase, or even an image. The word can be used to describe commonly recurring literary and rhetoric devices, motifs, or clichés in creative works. (Now you know, if you didn't.)
In screen writing: The "ticking clock."
In music: The chord progression known as the "12-Bar" is a trope of Blues, Rock, and Country Music.
In literature: The trope of atonement or redemption is common.
There are many, many more, but I think I've got the general idea. I wonder how many tropes I've written without even knowing it.
Do you have any tropes in your writing?
#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.
The topic for April is Revision. I'm quite familiar with that word. So why not join and have fun?
I also have some news coming soon. Stay tuned.
Happy Reading and Writing.