By Paula Berinstein
Tale advisor and Writing convey host Paula B. provides an annotated checklist of forty two universal blunders she sees for all time. Divided into characters, constitution, reader engagement, the industry, and mechanics, the thing deals every little thing from the Tease--the author who will get readers all excited yet does not persist with via, to the Bleeding Heart--the author who will not "murder his darlings."
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31. The Edith Bunker. You write scenes that don't advance the story. In the old TV show "All in the Family," Edith Bunker, Archie's wife, would go on and on and on rather than getting to the point, which would drive Archie crazy. If you have a tendency to do that, exorcise it. Make sure every one of your scenes offers vital information and propels your characters forward. Each one should push your characters into doing something new as they struggle with the obstacles they encounter. In his excellent book Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear, Devin Watson suggests a technique for evaluating how "straight" your storyline is, meaning whether it's staying on course.
The Bleeding Heart. You don't kill your darlings. Don't get so caught up in your ideas or words that you can't accept that they don't work. If they don't fit, get rid of them. You can always use them someplace else. Be ruthless, and your story will be lean and mean. All excerpts are the intellectual property of their respective authors. Commentary (c) Paula Berinstein 2012. ) is a story consultant. com). She is the author of seven geeky nonfiction books, including Making Space Happen and Alternative Energy: Facts, Issues, and Statistics, as well as numerous articles.
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42 Common Mistakes Novelists Make by Paula Berinstein