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42 Common Mistakes Novelists Make by Paula Berinstein

By Paula Berinstein

Tale advisor and Writing convey host Paula B. provides an annotated record of forty two universal error she sees for all time. Divided into characters, constitution, reader engagement, the marketplace, and mechanics, the item bargains every thing from the Tease--the author who will get readers all excited yet does not stick with via, to the Bleeding Heart--the author who will not "murder his darlings."

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The Quitter. Your story doesn't have a beginning, middle, and end. Your novel should include these elements in this order: Beginning Protagonist in his untenable "before" state Catalyst shakes him up Question what to do Middle Start the quest Face a series of obstacles End Come up with a new approach Final struggle with the antagonist Resolution. Middles are said to be difficult to write. I think a lot of writers find middles difficult because they don't understand structure well enough. If you are having trouble with the middles of your stories, pick up a copy of any of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat!

The Eager Beaver. You expect to be done writing quickly and revise minimally. Writing a great novel takes time and a lot more effort than most people realize. Don't expect to nail it fast. Only factory writers who get help from their teams can do that. You need time to think, get perspective, and see things you missed before. 42. 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.

If you are having trouble with the middles of your stories, pick up a copy of any of Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! screenwriting books, which work just as beautifully for novelists. Read them voraciously and heed what Blake has to say. The middle of the story is the time to present your protagonist with obstacles of increasing difficulty, force him to fail, and then get him to realize what he needs to do to resolve the problem. This part should be the most fun because it's just one action scene after another.

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