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What Is “Bad” Writing?

Jodi Clark

Today on Twitter, someone called out an author for his “bad writing” and, as an author of many years with five published novels, I began to wonder what that term meant. Was the story not logical or appealing or was it more a grammatical problem? The tweeter stated that had the story been properly edited, the writing wouldn’t have been bad. Really?

I have been writing for years and, just as equally, I have been an avid reader. I can tell you that I have read interesting and intriguing stories that I could clearly see were poorly edited, if even edited at all. Some of the punctuation was incorrect and parts of the formatting off, even a few misspelled words. Of course, the lack of proper editing was noticeable to me as an author, but how noticeable was it to most readers? Some of the errors weren’t blatant and were…

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3 ways to reduce word count and write a leaner thriller – by Louise Harnby…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Here are three clutter checks you can carry out on your novel. Reviewing, and editing where appropriate, will help keep your crime fiction, thriller or mystery writing tight and engaging.

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In this post, I look at the following ways of decluttering prose in commercial fiction:

  • Clutter check #1: Reviewing filter words
  • Clutter check #2: Reviewing speech tags
  • Clutter check #3: Reviewing action beats

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