Newbie writers: Watch out for these big writing no-no’s (via Georgia McBride)

This isn’t a recent post, but it hits the proverbial nail on the head for major problems I see all the time, in my own work and the work of others. I’m going to use this as a guide in my next revision. I’m happy to say I’ve recognised some of these before without help, but having a list there should help me greatly. The plans for my next revision already line up with some of these. I have nothing intelligent to add. Georgia has said it all better than I ever could.

I read a lot of manuscripts–some partials, first chapters, first 250 words, fulls and everything in between. I don’t read nearly as much as agents and editors but the difference is that the ones I read are ones I’m asked to analyze and discern how to fix what may be wrong. I’ve noticed a pattern in what I’ve read to the point where I think it’s time for me to talk about the common mistakes I see new writers make–relative to writing young adult … Read More

via Georgia McBride

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