In fiction, story matters more than anything else.
Yet too often authors forget this and, in their zeal to impress readers or wow editors, pepper their writing with distracting devices that only end up undermining the story itself.
Never let anything get between your story and your readers. Here are five of the most common ways even the best writers veer off-course—and simple strategies for avoiding them.
1. Overdoing Symbolism/Themes
2. Trying Too Hard
3. Failing to Anticipate the Readers’ Response
4. Using a Hook as a Gimmick
5. Leaving Readers Hanging
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