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Story Tropes I Heart - AKA Guilty Pleasures

I've blogged about my Pet Hates back in April and promised to blog next about my favorite tropes in books but never did. So here's me going back on that promise. 

Here are my top-five tropes that trigger my interest: 

5. The blast from the past. Whether it's a supernatural occurrence that traumatized the protagonist, or a parent's deadly secret or a love interest re-emerging from the dark waters of time, I'm game to read that story. Past means secrets and secrets do come to light eventually and when they do, the proverbial sh*t hits the fan, so yeah, I'd like to see how protag deals with that. 

4. The brooding aloof jerk likes her a lot.I know. This is a vanishing trend in books though. And this is shameful to admit, but my pet-love # 3 redeems me, I hope. 

3. What she's been looking for was right before her eyes this entire time. Friends-to-more than friends is a cute trope and when done well can be awesome (Kelley Armstrong's Darkness Rising, anyone?).   

What failing NaNoWriMo taught me

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For all intents and purposes, I failed at my 2014 NaNoWriMo attempt.

There, I had to say it.

The most important thing I learnt (or rather had confirmed for myself) as a result of this experience was that it is an unrealistic expectation to come up with a coherent piece of 50,000-words-long work of fiction in a month without doing any planning. But here's another thing I learnt: no time is ever wasted writing. Every idea, every thought that goes through your head and ends up on paper, has a potential for something more. Many successful books have started as NaNo projects, after all.

So, let's deconstruct my 'failure' (or was it really failure?) and make a lesson out of it.

Back in 2014, when I decided I was going to do NaNo, it was an impulsive decision as well as an attempt at creative procrastination: at the time I was already deep in revisions on another project and was starting to query another novel I considered 'ready' for that stage of the writing/publi…