Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 3]

Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 3]

So far in this series, we’ve taken a look at the dangers of head-hopping and too much telling. In this final installment, I want to cover the third most common issue I see with manuscripts. So, as before, let’s start by reviewing a short passage: Dana...
Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 2]

Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 2]

Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t So Good In the first installment of this series, we looked at how head-hopping (abrupt POV jumps within a scene) can damage the intimacy between a reader and the story. In this second part, I want to cover another major problem...

Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 1]

Head-Hopping Hurts Readers’ Heads Even in our fast-paced digital age, readers are still looking for stories that encourage, engage, and entertain them in the midst of a changing world. What makes a good story hasn’t changed, and on the flip side, what...