- Morning-routine cliche Too many scenes have opened with the protag waking up in bed, etc.
- Answering-the-phone cliche Too many scenes have opened with this.
- The clutter of detail Here are electricspec, we call this "walking the dog", e.g. He walked across the hardwood floor to the antique dressing table and opened the drawer. He took out the leash, flexing it in his hand. He called Spot to him...etc.
- Skip the recitals of ordinary life Boring! Enough said.
- Don't spell it out Never describe the writing in the writing. Actually, this is closely related to the famous "Show, don't tell." If you show us the characters, you won't have to tell us.
- Pass on the preachiness Do you like to be preached to?
- Setting the scene Don't overdo descriptions; let the reader imagine.
- Coincidences Coincidences are very bad in fiction
What do you think? Do you agree with the list? What do you think are some writing blunders to avoided?
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