Want to kill off some of your bad writing habits?
Read the comments on this blog post from Nathan Bransford: “What is Your Writing Tic?” Read all 255+ responses if you’ve got the time, because there’s a great chance doing so will painlessly cure you of at least some of your worst tendencies.
Here’s what I added to the comments about some of my bad writing habits:
My early drafts have talking heads.
Having characters smile too much (or some variation on smiling) was perhaps the most common answer, so it makes me smile to know … that I have some company there.
Anyway, turn to that thar blog post … and check it out. It’s a potent, organic collection of what not to do.
“I loved it.”
“It’s so great.”
“Yeah. Really great.”
“Burnin’ down the house!”
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