Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Most Common Mistakes In Writing: A Series
I found this series thanks to Elizabeth S. Craig over at Mystery Writing is Murder and her fantastic Twitter feed. If you ever need inspiration or guidance, or you want to learn how to become a better writer (and we could all be better!), go to @elizabethscraig and read a few of the articles she links to.
One series I'm going to be working my way through is Wordplay's Most Common Mistakes Series. There are 15 posts in all and growing. I've provided an index to them, below.
Most Common Mistakes Series:
1) Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?
2) Are You Using “There” as a Crutch?
3) Are You Confusing Readers With Poor Cause and Effect?
4) Why Vague Writing Is Weak Writing
5) How Not to Use Speaker Tags and Action Beats
6) Is Your First-Person Narrator Overpowering Your Story?
7) Is Your Opening Line Lying to Your Readers?
8) 10 Stylistic Mistakes Sabotaging Your Story
9) Is Nothin’ Happening in Your Scene?
10) The Dangers of Character Overload
11) Do Readers See Your Characters the Way You Want Them To?
12) Are Your Flashbacks Flashy or Flabby?
13) Don’t Drown Your Reader in Explanations
14) The Case of the Vanishing Setting
15) How to Spot and Fix Non-Reactive and Over-Reactive Characters