Dear readers: You will LOVE this, by a friend and former colleague. Sort of “You Knew What I Meant” macro….
Me in sophomore year of high school, I think. All those things we shouldn’t have done. That hair…. another pet peeve.
I’m reading fiction for Dogwood today, and here’s what I’m noticing in stories that strike me the wrong way. Some of these, of course, irritate me because I have done these exact things when I used to write fiction.
1. When a main character’s first problem is that he or she is bored.
2. Puns in the title. I love puns. But not in the title.
3. A flurry of people introduced in the first paragraph.
4. A flurry of people with trendy androgynous names in the first paragraph. Karp, Jae, Ren, Jasp, whatever. People often have dorky and awkward names in real life, not these little moments of sculpture. Don’t give them the names you wish you had.
5. A kid setting a fire for no reason.
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December 30th, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Oh, this is hilarious. Love #4 about awkward names.
Hope your “In-Between Holidays Week” is both restful and fun.
December 31st, 2014 at 2:02 pm
Same you you, dear Phil!