Hey, everyone! It’s me again. This blog is set to correspond with my new Author Series on YouTube. Be sure to watch the video (HERE), as well! Today, I wanted to talk about, what I consider, the Top Five Mistakes Writers Make.
Thing is, there are more. Many, many more. What I have tried to do is cull the list down to just five (at this point). As indicated, the list is far from all inclusive, but it at least will give new, and aspiring authors some things to think about while writing that best selling novel!
Right? Right! Lets not waste time. Below is my list of Top Five Mistakes Writers Make:
Mistake Writers Make Number Four
Description. Use too much description and you lose a reader to boredom, but not enough, and the reader might feel lost. There needs to be a sense of time, and place. Finding a complimenting balance when it comes to description takes practice.
I suggest incorporating all six senses: 1) What does the character see, 2) What does the character smell, 3) What does the character hear, 4) What can the character feel (physical), 5) What does the character feel (emotional/internal), and if applicable, 6) What does the character taste
But don’t over do it with the senses. Not every sense needs to be incorporated every time. Just be mindful of them. They exist, and they most definitely pull the reader deeper into the world you’ve created for them!
Mistake Writers Make Number Three
As indicated in my previous blog, and on my YouTube channel, Dialogue could be as essential as narrative, if not more when it comes to moving a story forward. I know readers who skim paragraphs when reading and only focus on the dialogue between characters. Dialogue needs to sound authentic. Practice reading your writing aloud. How does it sound to you? Believable? If not, fix it.
And remember tags at the end of dialogue should primarily be he said / she said, or he asked / she asked. Adding, he growled, or she snarled is amateurish. Better still try eliminating most dialogue tags altogether.
If you are incorporating technical detail into your fiction, do the research. If your story involves police, or is a police procedural do not just make up how you think something is done. Find out how something is done. Interview police officers for the details. Same goes if you are attempting a medical thriller, but have no medical background. Knowing what medications, and how much is administered, and operating procedures . . . people go to school for seven plus years to learn this kind of thing. If you wing it, readers will know. And they will hold that kind of a mistake against you. Trust me.
Your Fiction needs to be Factual!
Mistakes Writers Make Number One
Lastly, I want to talk about perspective, or P.O.V. This means Point of View. Nothing is worse than when an author just doesn’t grasp the concept of P.O.V. In short keeping P.O.V. simple often works best. One chapter, one P.O.V. If readers get a taste of what everyone is thinking during a chapter the point of the chapter can get lost, or watered down. In a most simplistic fix I suggest picking the character who is, essentially, telling the story (at least for that chapter) — and stick with that character’s inner thoughts.
(I will do an entire blog/vlog on the P.O.V. topic in the future).
. . . And there you have it, folks. This was my Top Four Mistakes Writers Make. Sign up for my Newsletter on the right (your email stays private, and just with me), and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss a single episode of my Author Series! Leave comments, share, re-post as much as you want — you know what to do!
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