This is, ideally, something of a party game. How do you not write your story? What traps do you deliberately avoid falling into? Is there some piece of advice you always get about your story that simply does not fit? Or perhaps your story is in a pretty well-trodden genre, like vampire romance, so you have to work with (or not work with) a particularly strong expectation that This Is How It Will Go. Are there tropes you've fallen into for a while without realizing, only to realize they're a product of Twilight/patriarchy/that one story about the leper who had to save the world and didn't want to?
- I avoid 'skipping the boring bits,' unless they are actually boring. Very few things blow up.
I am also looking for advice - how does one not write zombie apocalypse stories? How does one not write a matriarchal society? These relate to potential story ideas I have floating around in my head, and I would like to shortcut common mistakes if at all possible.
So far I have, for matriarchal societies:
- There does not need to be lots of rape.