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Mistakes, I’ve Made A Few

Posted on: August 21, 2014

They’re not quite the Ten Commandments of novel writing, but they might be close.

Repeating yourself, list-loving, empty adverbs are a few of the slip-ups writers make as they attempt to unearth the fossil (as Stephen King so aptly advises) that will someday become a book.

In a recent blog post by Patricia HoltTen Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do) the editorial consultant outlines in a quick, nonjudgmental way missteps every writer — new or seasoned – has experienced.

I found her post useful. I suspect you might too.

–Claire Yezbak Fadden

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1 Response to "Mistakes, I’ve Made A Few"

Me? You think I’d make those mistakes? Ha! I generally try to weed out those 10 things, but that’s why we need another pair (or several pairs) to read our work and give feedback – to point out the things we miss. Authors who want to self-publish, and first-time authors trying to find an agent for representation would be wise to pay a reputable editor. Often my clients think their work is close, and they can’t believe how many mistakes they’ve made – not to mention how much better their stories sound overall when I’m done with their manuscripts.

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