What Doesn’t Work? Learning from the Mistakes of Even the (gasp!) Greats – by Bonnie Randall…

on Fiction University:

Stephen King said “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write” and it’s true. Writers collect ribbons of prose, excellent syntax, and well-executed transitions like precious stones in a jar, for once you’re a writer you can never be ‘just’ a reader again. Your eye becomes keenly honed for what works.

It’s also honed for what stinks.

Right now I am reading a novel by someone pretty prolific and very famous, and what I enjoy about their work is the mastery of pacing and plotting.

What I cringe at, though, are the following bullets which have now landed on the Make Sure You Didn’t Do This list I employ after every first draft I write. Here they are:

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