on Career Authors:
Readers should never stop in a work of fiction, scratch their heads and wonder: Didn’t we learn in Chapter One that Great-Aunt Hortense was dead?
Even more persistent and hard-to-stamp-out irritants are the small switches an author will make in the course of writing. The red dress turns into a red shirt, or into a pink dress. The living room is the kitchen several pages later even though the character hasn’t been described as moving to another place.