I enjoyed the recent post by Jenny @ The Penslayer about romantic tropes and how you ought to avoid them. I couldn't agree more, especially after reading the complete list of tropes she was talking about.
It’s a common thread in stories. In fact, it’s almost its own genre. And I have to admit I love the unlikely friendship. It’s a beautiful thing to see two totally different people learn to work together and learn to care about each other in the process. It’s fun to watch people become friends.
I had an unlikely friendship in my Nanowrimo novel which, while it's not pivotal to the story line, is important to both of the character arcs of my characters. So I began to try to take apart this common trope and find out what exactly how to pull it off convincingly in a story.
I MADE IT!!!!
Barely. Very barely. I made the 50,000 word count goal, but I was about 10k behind for most of the month. If it hadn't been for several days off work Thanksgiving week and having only a small and quiet family Thanksgiving celebration, I would never have caught up the 22,000 words I still needed by the end of the month.
And technically I cheated because I worked on several stories, plus blog posts and fanfictions, at the same time.
But considering that I didn't expect to make the word count goal, I'm very pleased to have done it and to have learned a lot more about both writing and meeting goals in the process.
A. M. Potter
Some other great blogs...
Go Teen Writers
Helping Writers Become Authors
To the Barricade!
Life of Lily