Posts Tagged ‘Writing Tics’

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:

Smiling.
Turning.
Perhaps ellipses.
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.”

“Me, too.”

“It’s so great.”

“Yeah. Really great.”

“Burnin’ down the house!”
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