putting my neck on the line here and naming the most common pitfalls I have
seen writers fall into. In today’s blog, I boldly name and shame what
I would happily never encounter again:
entire chapter revolving around a character walking or driving from A-B alone, interspersed by long
passages of back story.
entire chapter set around a character in bed/in
chapter cliff hangers. Your story is either engrossing or not. A pining
character is not the answer.
the same point in ten different ways –all on the same page.
- Laboring the point. [See above]
objects/landscapes/surroundings in miniscule detail over countless pages.
Poetry is a gift not a license.
And I can say all this because, early on as a writer, I have been guilty of
most of the above. OK, who am I kidding? I have been guilty of all of the above
at one time or another.
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