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Writing Problems

Problems that writers encounter with their stories.

Self-Indulgence Can Harm Your Writing star
There is a well-known writing tip that advises beginning writers to pick out their favorite passage, dialog, scene, or plotline in their novel – and to delete it. Your favorite material is not necessarily your best material, and it could be your worst.

What is Head Hopping? star
Head hopping is what the readers call it when the author jerks the perspective back and forth between two or more character viewpoints within a short span of text. Beware. Readers hate it!

What is Insta-Love? star
Insta-love, which is a mocking term for instant love, is a pitfall that happens in romance writing. New authors think, “What could be more romantic than love at first sight?” And they literally write characters that become united on a soul-deep level soon after meeting each other.

Why Readers Hate the Generic City star
The “Generic City” is a much-hated writing mistake that results when writers are too lazy, rushed, or intimidated to fill in an actual setting for their fiction. So they keep the setting vague and unnamed to avoid spending much time on it.

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