Mistakes From My First Manuscript – How I’ve Grown as an Author
Oh the mistakes. So, so many mistakes. Let me tell you about them.
Things that happened in my first novel that will never see the light of day.
1.) Utter lack of internal conflict. Seriously. There was none. It was so boring.
2.) There was a Big Misunderstanding. Actually, it was really more of a small to medium one, and also, it was super contrived.
3.) Characters were so flawless, I ended up rolling my eyes and wanting to throat punch them.
4.) Literally all these people ate was Chinese takeout. They weren’t bloated with water weight at the end of the novel, but they really should have been. I feel like diuretics were in order for everyone.
5.) Characters who use each other’s names every other sentence. No one says each other’s name that much. Not even a frustrated parent trying to get the attention of a child who’s willfully ignoring everything.
6.) Head hopping. Oh, the head hopping – randomly jumping from one character’s thoughts to another’s – sometimes, line by line.
I’m sure there’s more, but I think this is about as much self-examination as I can handle tonight.
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