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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Seven Deadly Sins of the Written Word

Are you editing your WIP?

Are you pulling your hair out because you're work doesn't seem to be the magical creation you so desperately want it to be?

Are you struggling to see the wood for the trees?
(hee,hee! Intentional cliche)

Are you querying agents and only getting rejection slips in return?

You maybe committing one or all of the Seven Deadly Sins of the Written Word!

So what are they?

Deadly Sin #1 & 2. Slow, Generic or just plain Boring Beginnings

Deadly Sin #3. Trying too Hard to be a Literary Genius

Deadly Sin #4. Way Tooooo Much Information!!

Deadly Sin #5. Cringe Inducing Cliches

Deadly Sin #6. Loss of Focus - Meandering and Sleep Inducing Prose

Deadly Sin #7. Unrealistic Internal Narrative - POV Abuse of your MC

I stumbled across Janice's latest post this morning. As always, it was brimming with wisdom and helpful tips to drag yourself out of the mire you may have written yourself into. Today she was exploring the Seven Sins of a first chapter. Follow the link to visit her post for an eloquent description of each Sin and tips for kicking the Sinful Habit.

Janice also shared a helpful linked to another blog I follow with a post titled 7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter.

Do check them out.