Reader Pet Peeves + Writer Choices


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    Reader Pet Peeves + Writer Choices

    As a reader, what's a specific pet peeve that always bothers you in a story?

    As a writer, how do you avoid making this same literary mistake?

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    A writer who clearly has no concept of the life/culture/circumstances he or she is depicting.

    I write what I know, or what no one knows (fantasy, zombie outbreaks, etc)
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    That is one that drives me crazy. That and people who write characters who just don't act like real people. It's like... have you ever met a real human being before? Ever?

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    Political rants. The USA seems a pretty divided place these days, so if you're not careful you risk alienating half your potential audience. It's ok to have a POV, but IMO it should be approached tangentially.

    Twice I've purchased book that had an interesting premise, and were pretty good for the first 10% or so - then launched into a rant about a particular demographic. Both times I've set the book aside and given the book a 1 star rating along with a scathing review on Amazon.

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    Yep. The only time I have a character express his political/societal views, is when I'm writing a particularly twisted character who has a similarly twisted view of the world.

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    Anything that throws me out of the story such as characters who step out of character but not for effect. For instance when a male writer is in a feminine POV and she is getting carefully dressed and coiffed to go to a dinner party that is high-class and significant to her husband's career, she does not "mess with her hair". (I'm lookin' at you, Sidney Sheldon!)

    Boring writing. I just don't have time for a book that isn't interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianroads View Post
    Political rants. The USA seems a pretty divided place these days, so if you're not careful you risk alienating half your potential audience. It's ok to have a POV, but IMO it should be approached tangentially.

    Twice I've purchased book that had an interesting premise, and were pretty good for the first 10% or so - then launched into a rant about a particular demographic. Both times I've set the book aside and given the book a 1 star rating along with a scathing review on Amazon.
    I only do that in my period works (one in 1912, one in 1878 ). And then only in small doses, to impart the sense of the period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianroads View Post
    Political rants. The USA seems a pretty divided place these days, so if you're not careful you risk alienating half your potential audience. It's ok to have a POV, but IMO it should be approached tangentially.

    Twice I've purchased book that had an interesting premise, and were pretty good for the first 10% or so - then launched into a rant about a particular demographic. Both times I've set the book aside and given the book a 1 star rating along with a scathing review on Amazon.
    That's one of the fastest ways to get me to put down a book and never pick it up again. I'm reading to be entertained, not to be preached to. The more obvious your preaching, the less interested I am in sitting through it.

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    I feel like writing has ruined a lot of my reading enjoyment in general. Things like small inconsistencies, redundancies, overabundance of -ly adverbs, as well as the larger story problems like unlikely twists and illogical endings, all jump up out at me now. I may as well read with a red pen in hand and make corrections.











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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma'am View Post
    I feel like writing has ruined a lot of my reading enjoyment in general. Things like small inconsistencies, redundancies, overabundance of -ly adverbs, as well as the larger story problems like unlikely twists and illogical endings, all jump up out at me now. I may as well read with a red pen in hand and make corrections.
    Me too. At times I'll even hi-lite errors. The book I'm currently reading has an interesting plot, but has too much telling - right in the middle of a rescue I get a detailed explanation of how the tether rigging works, which really slows the pace of something that would otherwise be exciting.

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