5 Great Quotations about Metaphors
9 Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

12 Plot Pitfalls - And How to Rescue Your Story from Them


Chase out rhinoceros in the room
Delete authorisms
Crack a joke – but only for a good reason
Avoid writing concealed identity story 
Cut here-to-there action
Eschew dead narrator plot gimmick
Clip deus ex machina ending
Stop dumping backfill into your story
Don’t end novel with cliffhanger
Speed up story by curtailing dramatic narration 
Remain wary of using fast-forward
Destage dramatic action that slows story
• BONUS: “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” – Elmore Leonard 

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