24: Common Writing Mistakes

Criminal Mischief: Episode #24: Common Writing Mistakes

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SHOW NOTES

Writers, particularly early in their careers, make mistakes. Often the same ones over and over. Here are a few pitfalls to avoid.

OVERWRITING:

Too many words

Too cute by far

Strained Metaphors

Purple prose


DIALOG:

Tag alert

Characters all sound the same

Inane conversations

“As you know” chatting


SHOW VS TELL:


DESCRIPTION:

Not too much

Not too little

Just enough—the telling details


SCENES:

In and Out quickly—in medias res

Leave question/tension at end


POV:

Stay in one at a time

Except Omniscient—hard to do


PACING:

Fast but not too fast

Vary pace


BACKSTORY:

How much?

When?


ENTERTAIN:

The one cardinal rule

© Douglas Lyle 2015