The Most Common Mistakes of Novice Writers. Part 2

Hello, y`all! I’ve been browsing on such a popular resource as Fickbook for more than five years. I have begun writing, recently, to practice in my major (publisher and editor). I started to check and edit the works of other young authors. It turned out to be a very fascinating and useful thing. Now I pay attention to a lot of details! This is the second part of the most common mistakes made by novice writers.

Logical errors. Authors are sometimes inattentive and contradict themselves in the text. For example, if a doctor takes off his work robe, goes to the supermarket during a break, and then, standing near the cash register, takes a purse out of the pocket of the same work robe, it sounds very, very bad! The above text visualization can help you here. And also to write only on business and not to be crucified on water and insert actions which do not carry semantic loading… After all, you will forget about them and then object to yourself. And will not notice it… You know, if a gun hangs on the wall in a theatrical production, it will definitely fire during the performance. Chekhov’s gun is respected in the world literature, like Chekov’s news and Checkov`s Skill too. Also respect yourself and your text: do not write about unnecessary trifles. Try to write consciously.

Implausible dialogues. Often there are very implausible dialogues in the text. I read them and understand that in life I would not have heard of this. There is a way out – scroll them mentally in the head, picking up the intonation or voice them in a voice. Then you can understand for yourself how truthful they sound. Also, do not forget that each character is individual and with the help of a dialogue you can reveal it to the reader. For example, a calm and gloomy character will respond briefly and to the point. An emotional lady will whisper without stopping on a variety of topics. A small child will express his thoughts in simple words. Young people have an inherent slang, and adults speak more restrainedly.

Text written at different times. Many do not notice this, and this is a fairly common mistake. But for many authors, the text jumps from one time to another! For example, one sentence in the past tense. And the next one in the present. Such jumping is not very good. Remember, there is a big difference between “he sat in the chair” and “he sits in the chair”. I cannot advise you on some cool life hack for this. Just be careful while writing. You can afford such leaps only in dialogues when characters talk about events that are outlined, occur, or have already occurred.

That’s all. I hope this text was informative and useful for you. Thank you for your attention!

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