I love writing but I hate it when I don’t catch my mistakes. I need help with writing which is why I am constantly learning to become a better writer. There is no magic wand that we can wave that will make a sentence or paragraph better. But, there are a lot of authors who have limped along like me and they have suggestions on what to look for and how to fix problem areas. The Editors Blog has some great tips on how to make your writing shine.
I won’t presume to say I know the 10 or 25 most common fiction writing mistakes of all writers of all time, but I will give you a list of those mistakes that I see again and again.
I’ve covered this topic to some degree before, but since writers diligently seek ways to eliminate the most egregious errors from their work before others read those works, I’ll point out the errors that I’m seeing these days in the hope that the list—and the sampling of fixes for each mistake—will be helpful. The total came to a perfectly imperfect double dirty dozen. And the article is a long one. My apologies. Read it at your leisure and use it for reference. And please don’t try to work on all the mistakes listed here at one time. Some have quick fixes while others deserve and require more time and attention.