The 5 biggest fiction writing mistakes (and how to fix them)

Well, this week is gonna be a departure from what I normally handpick. And if you’re easily offended, gloss over the next bit and go straight to the link near the end. I’m just being silly and if you get your panties in a knot, I ain’t helping you untie em. That’s just gross. Okay, ready? Sometimes I feel as if our books are legitimately…

Ugly babies.

Like, “That’s a face only a mother could love”. Sure, if my brain gives birth to poo-poo (as it often does haha), I can see how it might be difficult to admit its poo-poo-ness. Cuz that would require swallowing a massive amount of pride, ya know? On the other hand, a new haircut might help the ugly baby look a bit cuter. So is there a point where you admit the baby’s ugly and take out the shears? I’m so much funnier than people think I am. Okay, maybe not.

Anyhoo, I actually came across this one purely by accident but found myself nodding emphatically throughout so I reckon that’s worth sharing with you awesome possums, eh?

Here are the 5 points discussed in this brilliant article…

  1. Happy People in Happy Land
  2. A World Without Fear
  3. Marshmallow Dialogue
  4. Predictability
  5. Lost Love

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

Hope y’all find it helpful!!


Mistress Ann

3 thoughts on “The 5 biggest fiction writing mistakes (and how to fix them)

  1. Haha, I actually don’t mind editing. I think it’s really important, and am not at all offended by the idea that my book wasn’t perfect on the first draft. Evidenced by the fact that I just rewrote the first half of my next book because a friend of mine casually said ‘I don’t think this beginning is quite as interesting as the other ones’.

    But once it’s out in the world I don’t want to think about it again, and am upset by the thought that I might have put a sub-par product out into the world. (I still read the bad reviews, though, and am annoyed when they don’t give more detail. I got one today and I’m just like…”What scenes did you think were missing? What was it about my writing style you didn’t like??? But that way lies madness).

    I do want to keep learning and improving, though! I hope that book 100 is the best book I’ve ever written, otherwise what’s the point?

    So, I suppose my answer is: I am willing to admit it up to a point, but then if there’s nothing really I can do about it, I try not to think of the what ifs.

    Did that…answer the question? I went on a tangent. :p

    1. Tangent away, Aislinn! We love hearing your thoughts:) And you said such great things. I’m with you…I don’t mind editing either. *fist bump*

    2. Haha, Miss Aislinn! As always, you give me the giggles 😛

      The real question is did you find the article helpful? Cuz if not, I’m doing a terrible job of this 😂

      For reals, though, I’m with you ladies on editing. I love improving shizz, just not necessarily spending time to do it but that’s a whole nother-nother LOL

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