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I am writing a story that uses the woman masquerading as a sailor trope. I have read a few and they seem to have similar beats. But I am having a hard time teasing them out from the story. I am not sure I am hitting sufficiently on the try/fail cycle. Here are some beats that I could figure out and have incorporated, but I feel like I am missing some.

  • Persona Created
  • Shipboard (Threshold)
  • Learning the ropes (mentors and try fail)
  • ...
  • Faking the swagger
  • Accidental reveal
  • Blackmail identity
  • Purposeful reveal
  • Secret romance
  • ...
  • Reveal
  • Denouncement
  • Coda

Anything else I am missing?

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    I know you're just asking for the beats of that trope, but when I read it I think: Why does she masquerade as a man? To me, this is just not interesting. It will become interesting, if that woman has a personality, and a goal derived from that personality, and if this trope is played against that. E.g. if she has to masquerade to escape being killed by whoever, or if at least she wants to understand what it is like to be a man. Anything really, because a pure trope is flat. And once you have stakes and a plot, that will create its own beats. – user5645 Dec 13 '14 at 9:20
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    @what ^^That's an excellent comment. I think you should make that an answer. – Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum Dec 13 '14 at 13:30
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    But it does not answer the question, and OP might know all that I wrote in my comment and just want to focus on the trope for reasons of his own. – user5645 Dec 13 '14 at 13:35
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    This is basically asking what to write, which is off-topic here. Can anyone think of a way to make this a more answerable question? – Neil Fein Dec 13 '14 at 23:34
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    Questions about storytelling tools are on topic here, but I'm torn. I've opened a discussion about this question on our meta site. – Neil Fein Dec 15 '14 at 5:03

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