Bad Fiction Writing: Three Things Readers Hate

Trying to write fiction?  While I don’t consider myself an expert, these things are generally what irks me most when I’m trying to go through an imaginative piece.  Please, avoid them at all costs – or I’ll end up cursing your name as soon as I finish any of your writing.

1. No Dialogue

No matter how well you craft a story, it always feel incomplete without dialogue.  There’s just something about reading lines from a writing’s characters that makes it feel more real and more personable.  If you’re going to write a story without speech, why not just compose an essay in its place?  In f act, if you use an English software with a style-checker, that’s probably one of the things it’s going to tell you.

2. Beginning Or Ending In A Dream

Fiction that begin and end with a dream were probably fun to read at some point in time.  Nowadays, it’s just a cop-out.  Same with stories that are only fantasies in a deranged person’s head.   They’re so easy a cop-out that every single high-school writing class probably sees at least a dozen of them every semester.  If you have a bad plot, put in revisions to make it stronger – not introduce a dream sequence that makes it boring.

3. Jumping Between Viewpoints In The Same Scene

This one’s a pet peeve that even some advanced fiction writers become guilty of.  When you “jump into another head” right in the middle of the season, it forces the reader to think hard without any real benefit to either the flow or their enjoyment of your writing.  At best, it’s a confusing sideshow.  At worst, it makes people want to throw your work away for making absolutely no sense.

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