Mistakes to avoid when writing
Where were we? Oh yes. To the unforgivable, hateful, annoying, horrifying errors that could forevermark a poor book, and therefore to be avoided (here the first part, if you missed it).
Next! The beginning. Guys, the beginning must be perfect. But also the following ten / fifteen pages. All in all, everything must be precise, but above all the first chapters. Imagine the poor reader, sitting in an armchair ready to start a new book with all the expectations of this world, if the incipit binds it is made, at least for the moment, the reader spreads out well and plunges.
If, on the other hand, it does not bind you risk instead to throw the book or eReader out the window. But let’s make this incipit not bad, how should the story be continued? Usually the ideal would be to push the reader on stage immediately, in short, what I really can’t stand in a book is the slow but slow beginning, and that takes things off the ground by setting on the setting, no, please don’t four pages of descriptions environment (if you’re wondering, yes, Tolkien can do it. It’s not a good justification)! Or information.
And here is the other point:
those that are called “infodump”, here are the excessive infodump I hate them, many give in to this temptation and fill the initial part of the history of information, of all types: on characters, environment, and so on and so forth, even risking to make people understand how the events will continue (once I happened to immediately grasp the ending! No … horror). Too good, isn’t it? And the risk of being bored is just around the corner. It always says “show, don’t tell”, that’s when it’s best to show.
Some news is necessary, but not to spoil the poor reader right away is a must. The reader should discover the story gradually, and the information should be sipped, given with the dropper. Then over time you learn to hide them well in the dialogues. Here, studying a few scripts wouldn’t hurt. This leads to the next point …
Poor dialogues. A badly written dialogue, not very natural and not very similar to the character, definitely annoys. Each character must have his beautiful voice to accompany him, he should be recognized from afar. When it sounds fake, well the reader is thrown away from where he was, where the character lives and acts.
A real pity, almost a violence! This is why I say we read some screenplays, we really understand how the dialogues should be written. Or kill movies, that’s okay anyway.
And grammatical errors? Okay I should not even write it, but since it happens … so watch out for grammatical errors and even more to verbal concordances. It does not happen to me very often during reading, but sometimes it happens, even to the older ones (or to the older dog translators).
Last but not least … the conclusion! A hurried or wrong conclusion can ruin the most beautiful of stories. Another flaw that makes the poor reader cry.
If a story is well written, it has a startling incipit, the characters are engaging, special twists, really sorry to find yourself with a bitter taste in your mouth when you close the book.
If the ending does not come to you, think about it, retrace all the steps, or concentrate on your characters and make them talk to you. Usually the right solution comes, sooner or later, but it takes patience. A deep crisis happened to me just once on the most beautiful … I had a final written in my head from the beginning, but then the story was no longer as I had conceived it at the beginning, and therefore I was forced to go back .
Before finding the right one, I rewrote the last ten pages four times. It happens. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want, the characters walk on their legs and moreover towards directions impossible to anticipate until we find ourselves in the middle.
It is the wonder of writing. This is my ending for you.