"There is a rule for fantasy writers: The more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets." - Diane Duane
"The unconscious creates, the ego edits." - Stanley Kunitz

14 Plot Pitfalls You Need to Avoid


Twist endings
Telling the backstory
Cookie cutter story
Stalling as approaching crucial event
Packing peanuts 
Subjective tension
Histrionic exit
Reader cheating
Inappropriate mystery to create suspense
Too many subplots
Literary dream
Runaround error in story
Schizophrenic story 
• BONUS: "I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways of keeping readers reading." 

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