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    Regarding the writing process; people who haven’t yet written a single novel but feel like they can tell everyone else how to do it.
    Last edited by Myers; July 27th, 2013 at 02:17 AM.

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    When child characters sound too sophisticated for their ages.

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    Characters that inexplicably disappear and are never spoken of again, even when they are heavily involved in a plot point. (I forget which books, but I've read several in which this occurs.) Another pet peeve I have is more to do with the process/other people reading my work; I have a friend who complains about every bit of my book and says I shouldn't write anymore. Or (as Myers mentioned above) tells me how and what I should write.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skodt View Post
    I am going in a different direction for my answer.

    I hate battle scenes that tell a sword fight.
    I hate feast that describe the food.
    I hate a detailed listing of clothes.
    I hate when people think they are Tolkien and describe forever.
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    Characters that inexplicably disappear and are never spoken of again, even when they are heavily involved in a plot point.
    I had literally finished and fully edited a book before I realized I'd done this.

    So I added in a little part about the narrator being so disgusted with this character that she literally yanked him out of her memory and refused to speak or make mention of him again. I went full-out and removed every single trace of the character's name in the last 50% of the book, ctrl+f'ing my way through on a bloodlust killing-spree. Because it was easier than just, you know, having the stupid guy show up at least one more time.

    I was lucky the framework of the narrative actually allowed me to get away with that. I'll have to be more careful next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Deployment View Post
    I had literally finished and fully edited a book before I realized I'd done this.

    So I added in a little part about the narrator being so disgusted with this character that she literally yanked him out of her memory and refused to speak or make mention of him again. I went full-out and removed every single trace of the character's name in the last 50% of the book, ctrl+f'ing my way through on a bloodlust killing-spree. Because it was easier than just, you know, having the stupid guy show up at least one more time.

    I was lucky the framework of the narrative actually allowed me to get away with that. I'll have to be more careful next time.
    Murderer!

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    Writers who think grammar (it is never 'grammer', by the way) and spelling are not important.
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    When child characters sound too sophisticated for their ages.
    I actually like this. It can create some very interesting characters, like Artemis Fowl. Of course, there should always be some explanation.

    My pet peeve: writers who start writing their novel and immediately want critique. Slow... down...
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    The biggest pet peeve for me is run on sentences. I feel like I have to take a deep breath. Even with the pause and catching my breath, sometimes I can't recall all the info that was just written. However, that only really happens when the run on sentence is the entire paragraph.

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    Overly-attractive narrators, and biased/stereotyped casting.

    I don't like it when an author makes heroes lean, muscled, gem-stone eyes, under 45 just because they're good guys.

    Sometimes I think it seems like an author has made them attractive when they don't necessarily need to be, because a reader might not support a physically unattractive narrator in the same way. (Btw. I'm not innocent of this, but I have started to try and avoid it if I realise I'm doing it.)

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