[Review] The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing MistakesThe 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reading this made me think, are most English students or aspiring writers in America just that bad or is it something else? A lot of these mistakes are simply due to lack of common sense, or even just simple observance of author’s writing style / books read in their lifetimes, and even magazine articles about author’s bios/lives. Anyone can actually already learn so much from those but… apparently not. But then again, this does outline the 38 most common fiction writing mistakes (which makes me shudder, because if those are the mistakes most commonly made, and those are the people privileged enough to study writing and live in a country where companies are always looking for new writers, whether in ebook or printed format…well…) This book only started giving useful advice around the late 20s of the list. Don’t get me wrong, the book is quite useful (if not a bit repetitive in the explanations) but it scares me to think that this was a sample of the talent pool of people who could potentially make a career out of writing, since they have the circumstances of being in a developed country that produces tons of books a year on their side.

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