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Six pet hates of an editor

OK, I’m 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:

  1. An entire chapter revolving around a character walking or driving from A-B alone, interspersed by long passages of back story.
  2. An entire chapter set around a character in bed/in nature/alone reminiscing.
  3. Melodramatic chapter cliff hangers. Your story is either engrossing or not. A pining character is not the answer.
  4. Making the same point in ten different ways –all on the same page.
  5. Laboring the point. [See above]
  6. Describing 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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