By: Ingrid Sundberg
Don’t give your reader an excuse to put your book down! Make sure your book looks more appetizing than a cheese sandwich by avoiding these nine pitfalls.
1) Leisurely Descriptive Passages
Ever read a book where the author spends multiple pages describing a house? Or maybe it’s a spaceship, or the way the light plays upon the windows of a city. Snooze
Of course we need settings so the action doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but we no longer live in a time without photographs or television. Back in the day when we’d never seen
an elephant before it was great to spend a
whole page describing the lumbering and exotic animal. But you don’t have to
describe everything in extensive detail anymore.
2) Leisurely Passages of Back Story and Flashback
One of the easiest ways to get your reader to tune out is with an
of back story. As authors we need to know all the back story,
and we spend countless hours creating it. And because we’ve put in so much time
creating the back story it’s tempting to want to shareall of it with
our readers. But that’s like forcing your reader to look through all 1000
photos from your vacation. They’re going to tune out pretty quickly. Back
stories can help us relate to characters, and many details are necessary, but
keep them in shorter passages.
3) Scenes Where the Plot is Not Moving Forward
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