Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Tip: Tackling the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing

Tuesday Tip

Today, instead of focusing on just one tip, I'm going to highlight a book which mentions numerous tips and addresses twelve fatal flaws of fiction writing.  So if you are looking for ways to grab your reader and keep them engaged, as well as make your editor very happy, you will want to pick up this book. It will be released on December 1, 2015, so you still have time to pre-order your copy.

My Review...

The authors address many common flaws found in fiction. These include repetition, weak construction, too much backstory, POV violations, telling instead of showing, lack of pacing and tension, flawed dialogue, weasel words, and flawed writing mechanics. Each chapter includes a checklist of what to look for in your current work in progress, as well as specific advice on how to address each of the problem areas dealt with in this book. Numerous examples are included for each fatal flaw (complete with before and after passages). It really is a step-by-step guide to self-editing your work.

Their tips include:
  • Overuse of "-ing" words tends to weaken and slow down your prose, so use them sparingly.
  • Intersperse description to ground the story's setting and situation and continue to do that as the story plays out. 
  • Strong dialogue is crucial.
  • Avoid too much or too little backstory.
  • Remember that your POV character can't know what others are thinking.
  • It is important to balance dialogue, narrative, and action.
  • Make sure every scene has a point. 

If you are a writer, or hoping to be one, you need this book! It is written by five copy editors, who happen to be authors, and they share their expertise with the reader. There is so much information to absorb and apply. Their advice can help a writer craft a story they are proud of and one which readers will enjoy. Other editors will likely find this information beneficial, as well.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon link for purchase...


  1. I wish more authors would take the advice in this book.

  2. I wish more authors would take the advice in this book.

    1. So true! This is full of so many valuable tips.