Three no-nos for writers! Do you agree, readers?


It’s just as important to know what NOT to do in this wacky world of fiction writing as it is to keep abreast of the to-do list. Here are my top three ultimate no-nos for writers. Do you agree readers/writers out there in cyberland?

1. Don’t bore your reader. The easiest way to break this rule is to wax eloquent with description. I know it’s painful for writers who have an arsenal of lovely phrases at their fingertips to describe that glorious sunrise, but really, one or two sentences will do. Similarly, readers appreciate a little description of your character’s cornflower blue eyes, etc, but they just need a hint and their imaginations fill in the rest.

2. Don’t trick your reader. This is especially true for a mystery/suspense/thriller book. Writers have to sprinkle in enough clues that the reader has a shot at figuring out who the villian is, or the solution to the mystery. It’s truly bad form to drop in a villain towards the end of the book that the reader hasn’t seen before. Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater! Readers like to put their detective skills to work, so don’t cheat them out of the chance to do that.

3. Don’t disrespect your reader. If someone writes to you, write back if at all possible. Emails should be aswered and blog comments replied to. The readers are your clients and without them, you are out of business. These are people like you, who love books, words, ideas and they spent some of their hard earned money and time on YOUR book, when there were many other choices they could have made. Honor that, and honor them.

So what do you think, writers and readers? What else should be on my list? Comments get you entered in the July drawing for a book and a ‘boat in a bottle’ necklace. 🙂 



6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Suzan Michet on July 31, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Don’t go cheap on the editing … my mom gave me a fascinating book recently set in Afghanistan, where the story was great but there were so many grammatical and spelling mistakes it got irritating. (If my 10 year old knows how to spell “Something” you should be spelling it right too – especially when it’s in a heading !). I don’t mean you have to pay a lot for editing, just that it needs to be done properly, with sufficient numbers of eyes checking the proofs before they go out to be finished books.



  2. Posted by hulldanielle on July 15, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I totally agree! Thank you!



  3. Posted by Valri Western on July 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I would have to say, don’t use too much technical jargon in the story! I recently read a book that would have been such a good story but I had to “slog through” so much technical jargon about the hero’s profession and such constantly that I lost interest quickly! I started skimming the pages but then I lost the thread of the story and had to back up and search for the dialogue again! I only stuck with it because I had invested so much time into the couple’s relationship & wanted to see how it ended!



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