This post comes to us from, Alicia Rasley. Hit it, Alicia!
#10. Too Much Backstory: Well-meaningly, you try to give the reader too much infor too fast, leaving nothing for them to wonder about!
#9. Boring Beginning: Basically, the story doesn’t get going soon enough, there’s no reason to read on. Remember Fault in Our Stars? *SOBS* How long does it actually take before Hazel meets the ever-intriguing Augustus? Exactly what I’m talking about!
#8. Unsatisfying or Glossed Over Conclusion: You want your ending to feel right for the story. This is what the protagonist has worked for (or, alternatively, worked to stop). Make sure everything has a fitting end.
#7. Saggy Middle: Remember, friends, the middle is a non-stop rise of tension and intrigue. It isn’t just a way to get from the beginning to the climax, it’s the majority of your story. You have to keep testing your protagonist, set bigger and bigger obstacles in their way!
#6. Too Many Characters with a Story: The story happens because of the protagonist, not Palace Guard #2. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and yes, he can be present in the story if he adds something, but I don’t need his history and contact info.
#5. Bad Pacing: What events are essential to the story? Which are more important than others? What events set-up the climax? All good questions, Me. Thanks for
ripping them off bringing them up.
#4. Coincidence!: There’s nothing more dissatisfying than a story that solves itself without the characters having to do anything. IF I WANTED TO SEE A LAZY BUTT DO NOTHING I’D BUY A MIRROR,.
#3. No/ Not enough Conflict: “But, we love our characters!” We also want them to learn and grow, and since nobody wants to change a fundamental part of themselves, it’s going to take a lot of suffering before they can get it through their skulls that they actually might hurting themselves, or those they care about, by remaining the same.
#2. The Structure Sucks: Hidden protagonist, meandering setups, a protagonist who wouldn’t likely be involved in the story if not for the author- all symptoms of suckiness in structural regions. The cure? Understanding the structure of your story, the questions set forth in the very beginning, and how you’ll resolve them.
#1. Passive/Unmotivated Protagonist: The main character is the one that causes the story to happen, or, as Ms.Rasley puts it, “the protagonist should be involved in nearly every event, and his decisions and actions should drive the plot.” It’s their story, after all!